We are no more a centrist nation than, as former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham argued in 2008, a center-right nation.
As such they were constantly cited by both Republicans and centrist deficit hawks.
Naftali Bennett has got the centrist voters scared, and they're turning out to make a difference.
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]