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revisionism

[ri-vizh-uh-niz-uh m] /rɪˈvɪʒ əˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
advocacy or approval of revision.
2.
any departure from Marxist doctrine, theory, or practice, especially the tendency to favor reform above revolutionary change.
3.
a departure from any authoritative or generally accepted doctrine, theory, practice, etc.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; revision + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for revisionism

revisionism

/rɪˈvɪʒəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
(sometimes capital)
  1. a moderate, nonrevolutionary version of Marxism developed in Germany around 1900
  2. (in Marxist-Leninist ideology) any dangerous departure from the true interpretation of Marx's teachings
2.
the advocacy of revision of some political theory, religious doctrine, historical or critical interpretation, etc
3.
(usually capital) an ultra-nationalist form of Zionism that arose in Palestine in the 1940s
Derived Forms
revisionist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for revisionism
n.

1903, from revision + -ism. Originally in Marxist jargon, "rejection of gradual introduction of socialism." Revisionist is from 1850 (adj.); 1854 (n.); in the historical sense from 1934, originally with reference to the causes of World War I.

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