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[sen-trist] /ˈsɛn trɪst/
(especially in continental Europe) a member of a political party of the Center; moderate.
of or relating to centrists or to their political views; middle-of-the-road.
Also, Centrist.
Origin of centrist
1870-75; < French centriste. See center, -ist
Related forms
centrism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for centrist
  • Too bad he's not really a centrist, not really against war, not really against big government.
  • Despite attempts by centrist politicians to ignore this touchy topic, it refuses to go away.
  • What is more, some say their centrist role is overstated.
  • And it encourages voters to flirt with extremists, knowing they can make centrist parties their second preference.
  • But it was there that he began to define his more centrist populism.
British Dictionary definitions for centrist


a person holding moderate political views
Derived Forms
centrism, noun
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Word Origin and History for centrist

1872, from French centriste, from centre (see center (n.)). Originally in English with reference to French politics; general application to other political situations is from 1890.

Where M. St. Hilaire is seen to most advantage, however, is when quietly nursing one of that weak-kneed congregation who sit in the middle of the House, and call themselves "Centrists." A French Centrist is--exceptis eoccipiendis--a man who has never been able to make up his mind, nor is likely to. ["Men of the Third Republic," London, 1873]

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