Definition of reactionary in English:

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Pronunciation: /rēˈakSHəˌnerē/


(Of a person or a set of views) opposing political or social liberalization or reform.
Example sentences
  • 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, ultraconservative;
traditionalist, conventional, old-fashioned, unprogressive
informal redneck

noun (plural reactionaries)

A reactionary person.
Example sentences
  • 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.
right-winger, conservative, rightist;
traditionalist, conventionalist, dinosaur

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Syllabification: re·ac·tion·ar·y

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