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[rel-uh-tuh-vist] /ˈrɛl ə tə vɪst/
an adherent or advocate of relativism or of the principle of relativity.
Origin of relativist
1860-65; relative + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You'd figure a moral relativist would understand that.
  • These are finally coming to light after years of resistance by executors eager to shield the great relativist's image.
  • So he was not quite the relativist described in his press clippings, but nor was he secretly a schoolmarm.
  • At a conceptual level, however, many had difficulty trying to escape the relativist grip.
  • To treat norms as shifting is to take a controversial, relativist view.
  • It was a cultural relativist argument and sort of backing away, backing off from the universality of human rights.
  • That is, it does not require a relativist to sacrifice his or her values.
Word Origin and History for relativist

1857, from relative + -ist. As an adjective from 1914. Related: Relativistic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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