Definition of revisionism in English:


Line breaks: re¦vi¦sion|ism
Pronunciation: /rɪˈvɪʒ(ə)nɪz(ə)m


[mass noun] often • derogatory
  • 1A policy of revision or modification, especially of Marxism on evolutionary socialist (rather than revolutionary) or pluralist principles: the political controversies over Yugoslav revisionism
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    • It makes one wonder how much of the speech is true and how much is false, based on Stalin's tendency toward revisionism of his revolutionary biography.
    • The lines of cleavage between Pablo's revisionism and orthodox Trotskyism are so deep that no compromise is possible either politically or organizationally.
    • Herein lay the basic difference between Trotskyism and Pabloite revisionism.
  • 1.1The theory or practice of revising one’s attitude to a previously accepted situation or point of view: reconsideration of such figures is not just an attempt at revisionism
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    • Michael Hampe's staging is imaginative but traditional - no revisionism here - and the stage design by Ezio Frigerio is similarly conventional.
    • This is, of course, a traditional-style Nutcracker - no modern revisionism.
    • He now looks back on his past monkey business with a keen sense of revisionism.



noun & adjective
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  • The revisionists were more sceptical both about the poor press accorded the ‘old’ police and about the laurels heaped on their successors.
  • While some revisionists have sought to argue that Arbenz was never a Communist, Gleijeses shows both that he was and that he went to certain lengths to hide that fact from both domestic and international audiences.
  • Among the radical ideas of the revisionists, none more compellingly bears out this hypothesis than their conviction that the United States as a whole no longer is a worthy subject of teaching and research.

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