Definition of reactionary in English:


Line breaks: re|ac¦tion|ary
Pronunciation: /rɪˈakʃ(ə)n(ə)ri


Opposing political or social progress or reform: reactionary attitudes toward women’s rights
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  • It is a highly political ruling with reactionary consequences for both asylum-seekers and democratic rights as a whole.
  • To make matters even worse, a Democratic president, Buchanan, gave his political support to these reactionary efforts.
  • In a professional army, the extent of deeply reactionary political sentiment is far greater.
right-wing, conservative, rightist, ultra-conservative;
traditionalist, conventional, traditional, old-fashioned, unprogressive;
North American Birchite

noun (plural reactionaries)

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A reactionary person: he was later to become an extreme reactionary
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  • The lesson of the story was that from a long-term point of view, all reactionaries are paper tigers.
  • He is an opportunist and a power hungry reactionary, I don't even see him ‘liberalising’ the economy.
  • No mere reactionary, Schwartz was also interested in and informed about contemporary art that might look very different from his own.

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