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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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British Dictionary definitions for revolutionary

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 revolutionary
adj.

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

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