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[ri-vahy-vuh-list] /rɪˈvaɪ və lɪst/
a person, especially a member of the clergy, who promotes or holds religious revivals.
a person who revives former customs, methods, etc.
Origin of revivalist
1810-20; revival + -ist
Related forms
revivalistic, adjective
nonrevivalist, noun Unabridged
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  • And it is the revivalist's aim, by creating a general excitement, to make everybody see things.

  • The tumult swelled, directed, dominated, by the voice of the revivalist.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • The squabble is recorded in the great revivalist's journals for the summers of 1784 and 1785.

    Cornish Worthies, Volume 1 (of 2) Walter H. Tregellas
  • Isn't that revivalist preacher enough to run it for a while?

  • He was a Methodist preacher—a revivalist—and did his own exhorting.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • Then the revivalist says: "Take your chance, my little friend," and went away.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • The tears coursed down his long cheeks, and he forgot to care, but sat entranced by the revivalist's marvellous voice.

    Tales of the Five Towns Arnold Bennett
  • Some had evidently come from afar, for the fame of the revivalist was widespread.

  • No priest appears to be necessary, the excitements of the revivalist preacher are absent.

    The Great Acceptance Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The Mas-ya-Khans, or revivalist priests, are in charge of these services.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
British Dictionary definitions for revivalist


a person who holds, promotes, or presides over religious revivals
a person who revives customs, institutions, ideas, etc
of, relating to, or characterizing revivalism or religious revivals: a revivalist meeting
Derived Forms
revivalistic, adjective
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