Definition of revolutionary in English:


Line breaks: revo|lu¦tion|ary
Pronunciation: /rɛvəˈluːʃ(ə)n(ə)ri


1Involving or causing a complete or dramatic change: a revolutionary new drug
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  • Later, after the move to London, the revolutionary changes in publishing technology, there was no longer any such cause.
  • I'd heard that it was a science fiction classic, with revolutionary ideas about free love and community.
  • In fact, he thought, their hostility was often proof of the revolutionary nature of his ideas.
thoroughgoing, thorough, complete, total, entire, absolute, utter, comprehensive, exhaustive, sweeping, far-reaching, wide-ranging, extensive, profound;
drastic, severe, serious, major, desperate, stringent, violent, forceful, rigorous, draconian
rare, unique, singular, unprecedented, uncommon;
experimental, untested, untried, unknown, surprising, strange, exotic, out of the ordinary, newfangled;
North American left-field
2Engaged in or promoting political revolution: the revolutionary army
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  • Both forces styled themselves as revolutionary armies on the Soviet model.
  • From the beginning of the wars he had been puzzling over the performance of the French revolutionary armies.
  • Within the class, only the ‘alienated’ worker is truly revolutionary.
2.1 (Revolutionary) Relating to a particular revolution, especially the War of American Independence.
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  • George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Paul Revere were among the prominent American Masons of the Revolutionary Era.
  • The Creeks supported the British in the American Revolutionary War.
  • The Dutch United Provinces supported the Americans in the Revolutionary War.

noun (plural revolutionaries)

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A person who advocates or engages in political revolution.
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  • They would act like any revolutionary vanguard, as Lenin or indeed the French revolutionaries had imagined.
  • He was a revolutionary and like all successful revolutionaries he worked from within.
  • The revolutionaries are the prophets and martyrs of social and political change.

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