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[mak-suh-muh-list] /ˈmæk sə mə lɪst/
a person who favors a radical and immediate approach to the achievement of a set of goals or the completion of a program.
Origin of maximalist
< Russian maksimalíst, coinage orig. applied in 1906 to an extreme splinter group of the Russian Socialist-Revolutionary party; see maximal, -ist Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for maximalist


a person who favours direct action to achieve all his goals and rejects compromise


noun (in early 20th-century Russia)
a member of the radical faction of Social Revolutionaries that supported terrorism against the tsarist regime and advocated a short period of postrevolutionary working-class dictatorship
a less common name for a Bolshevik
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Word Origin
C20: from French, a translation of Russian; see Bolshevik
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Word Origin and History for maximalist

"extreme radical in the Russian Socialist Revolutionary Party," early 20c., from maximal + -ist; denoting "one who insists on all his demands." Related: Maximalism.

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