Definition of revolutionary in English:

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revolutionary

Pronunciation: /rɛvəˈluːʃ(ə)n(ə)ri/

adjective

1Involving or causing a complete or dramatic change: a revolutionary new drug
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
new, novel, original, unusual, unfamiliar, unconventional, unorthodox, off-centre, different, fresh, imaginative, creative, innovative, innovatory, innovational, inventive, ingenious, modern, ultra-modern, state-of-the-art, advanced, avant-garde, futuristic, pioneering, groundbreaking, trailblazing, disruptive;
rare, unique, singular, unprecedented, uncommon;
experimental, untested, untried, unknown, surprising, strange, exotic, out of the ordinary, newfangled;
North American  left-field
rare unhackneyed, new-fashioned, neoteric
2Engaged in or promoting political revolution: the revolutionary army
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
rebellious, rebel, insurgent, rioting, mutinous, mutinying, renegade, insurrectionary, seditious, factious, insubordinate, subversive;
rabble-rousing, inflammatory, extremist, anarchic
rare revolting, insurrectionist
2.1 (Revolutionary) Relating to a particular revolution, especially the War of American Independence.
Example sentences
  • 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)

A person who advocates or engages in political revolution.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
rebel, insurgent, revolutionist, Bolshevik, mutineer, insurrectionary, agitator, subversive, guerrilla, anarchist;
freedom fighter, resistance fighter
rare insurrectionist
French rare frondeur

Words that rhyme with revolutionary

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