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revolutionary

[rev-uh-loo-shuh-ner-ee] /ˌrɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnɛr i/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of a revolution, or a sudden, complete, or marked change:
a revolutionary junta.
2.
radically new or innovative; outside or beyond established procedure, principles, etc.:
a revolutionary discovery.
3.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the American Revolution or to the period contemporaneous with it in U.S. history:
Revolutionary heroes; Revolutionary weapons.
4.
noun, plural revolutionaries.
5.
a revolutionist.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; revolution + -ary
Related forms
revolutionarily, adverb
revolutionariness, noun
antirevolutionary, noun, plural antirevolutionaries, adjective
nonrevolutionary, adjective, noun, plural nonrevolutionaries.
post-Revolutionary, adjective
prerevolutionary, adjective
prorevolutionary, adjective
semirevolutionary, adjective, noun, plural semirevolutionaries.
ultrarevolutionary, adjective, noun, plural ultrarevolutionaries.
unrevolutionary, adjective
Synonyms
2. unprecedented, novel, drastic, unorthodox.
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Examples from the web for revolutionaries
  • Too bad academia itself, a hotbed of anti-Semitism and armchair revolutionaries, will take longer to disappear.
  • In a world of seductive illusions, they became revolutionaries by championing the prodigious chaos of the actual world.
  • The revolutionaries now have plenty of ammunition for their drive to change the military.
  • Regular paychecks allowed them to be revolutionaries and pay their rent.
  • Corruption in the country is systemic, and the revolutionaries lack unifying political principles.
  • It was the kind of rhetoric peaceful revolutionaries had used through the ages.
  • There are always revolutionaries in the realm, people who don't believe in the benevolence or utility of the monarchy.
  • You're less critical of the revolutionaries of the late sixties.
  • As they slowly begin to build an independent economy, the revolutionaries are curtailing the colonel's access to supplies.
  • So they silence their reservations about the tactics of the revolutionaries for the sake of preserving consensus and unity.
British Dictionary definitions for revolutionaries

revolutionary

/ˌrɛvəˈluːʃənərɪ/
noun (pl) -aries
1.
a person who advocates or engages in revolution
adjective
2.
relating to or characteristic of a revolution
3.
advocating or engaged in revolution
4.
radically new or different: a revolutionary method of making plastics
5.
rotating or revolving
Derived Forms
revolutionarily, adverb

Revolutionary

/ˌrɛvəˈluːʃənərɪ/
adjective
1.
(mainly US) of or relating to the conflict or period of the War of American Independence (1775–83)
2.
of or relating to any of various other Revolutions, esp the Russian Revolution (1917) or the French Revolution (1789)
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Word Origin and History for revolutionaries

revolutionary

adj.

1774; see revolution + -ary. As a noun, from 1850 (cf revolutionist).

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