un reactionary


of, pertaining to, marked by, or favoring reaction, especially extreme conservatism or rightism in politics; opposing political or social change.
noun, plural reactionaries.
a reactionary person.
Also, reactionist.

1830–40; reaction + -ary; compare French réactionnaire

reactionism, reactionaryism, reactionarism [ree-ak-shuh-nuh-riz-uhm] , noun
antireactionary, noun, plural antireactionaries, adjective
half-reactionary, adjective
nonreactionary, adjective, noun, plural nonreactionaries.
semireactionary, adjective, noun, plural semireactionaries.
unreactionary, adjective

proactive, reactionary, reactive.

1, 2. ultraconservative.

1, 2. radical.
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reactionary or reactionist (rɪˈækʃənərɪ, -ʃənrɪ)
1.  of, relating to, or characterized by reaction, esp against radical political or social change
n , -aries, -ists
2.  a person opposed to radical change
reactionist or reactionist
re'actionism or reactionist

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Word Origin & History

1840, on model of Fr. réactionnaire (19c.), from réaction (see reaction). In Marxist use, opposed to revolutionary and used opprobriously in ref. to opponents of communism (1858).
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reactionary definition

An extremely conservative person or position that not only resists change but seeks to return to the “good old days” of an earlier social order.

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