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revolutionary Syllabification: rev·o·lu·tion·ar·y
Pronunciation: /ˌrevəˈlo͞oSHəˌnerē/

Definition of revolutionary in English:


1Engaged 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.
rebellious, rebel, insurgent, rioting, mutinous, renegade, insurrectionary, insurrectionist, seditious, subversive, extremist
1.1 (Revolutionary) Of or relating to the American Revolution.
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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.
1.2Involving 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.

noun (plural revolutionaries)

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A person who works for 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.

Words that rhyme with revolutionary

ablutionary, counter-revolutionary, devolutionary, elocutionary, evolutionary, substitutionary

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