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[rev-uh-loo-shuh-nist] /ˌrɛv əˈlu ʃə nɪst/
a person who advocates or takes part in a revolution.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a revolution; revolutionary:
revolutionist ideals.
Origin of revolutionist
1700-10; revolution + -ist
Related forms
antirevolutionist, noun
prorevolutionist, adjective, noun
semirevolutionist, noun Unabridged
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  • But though I am a bit of a revolutionist myself, I cannot quite go with you in the extreme violence you suggest.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • The voice of the revolutionist died behind him, in a chorus of fury.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He was not a revolutionist; he knew well that violence would be no remedy; that there lay only madness and deeper misery.

    Thomas Carlyle Hector Carsewell Macpherson
  • Nay, it is only now that the work of the revolutionist begins.

    The Conquest of Bread Peter Kropotkin
  • I should not allow inane sentimentality to influence me: it is beneath the revolutionist.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
  • Quite the contrary; and Verloc was as well aware of that as any other revolutionist of his standing.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The revolutionist ought without cease to develop every iota of his energy; he must deepen and broaden it; but this demands time.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • It is not by destroying, but by creating, that you have just done the work of a revolutionist.

  • But in saying this I must beg my reader to understand that a radical is not necessarily a revolutionist or even a republican.

    Rachel Ray Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for revolutionist


a less common word for a revolutionary
of, characteristic of, or relating to revolution or revolutionaries
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for revolutionist

1710; see revolution + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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