Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who takes a position in the political center; a moderate.
  • adj. Marked by or adhering to a moderate political view: "The deep pool of centrist opinion in the country, that essential guarantee against violent political upheavals, is being dangerously shaken” ( New York Times).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or advocating centrism.
  • n. A person who advocates centrism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the German Reichstag or Imperial Parliament, one of the members of the so-called Center or Ultramontane party.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. supporting or pursuing a course of action that is neither liberal nor conservative
  • n. a person who takes a position in the political center

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Examples

  • I object to the term "centrist" Democrats in this article.

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  • I look at the term centrist and think of politicians who are afraid to take positions on issues that might cause heartburn with swing voters.

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  • And indeed, I think of Gerry Ford as one of a small and diminishing group of what I call centrist Republicans, not necessarily liberal or conservative, but I think centrist.

    CNN Transcript Dec 27, 2006

  • In Cairo, Jihan Moussa, 39, a veiled pharmacist, said she had voted for the Egyptian Bloc which she described as centrist.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • Perhaps a 'centrist' is someone who would have finished the task in Afganistan and completed the hunt for OBL before launching an unnecessary war in Iraq that was poorly planned and poorly fought and that has proven to embolden our enemies and weaken ourselves.

    Sound Politics: The Religion of Peace Marches On

  • But perhaps more importantly, a 'centrist' is someone who strives objectively to understand the world as it really exists before he acts in it in consequential ways rather than someone who interprets that world through an ideology that ignors inconvenient facts and acts in total disregard of all who question its vision.

    Sound Politics: The Religion of Peace Marches On

  • MJ posted: "But perhaps more importantly, a 'centrist' is someone who strives objectively to understand the world as it really exists before he acts in it in consequential ways rather than someone who interprets that world through an ideology that ignors inconvenient facts and acts in total disregard of all who question its vision."

    Sound Politics: The Religion of Peace Marches On

  • Still, I suppose a centrist is better than a neoclown Jesus freak any day.

    U.S. House passes $447 billion government spending bill

  • Eight days later, Rep. John Tanner, another centrist, is joining Moore.

    Does 2nd House retirement spell trouble for Democrats?

  • The Gang's efforts are often called "centrist" and "bipartisan," too, even though a recent poll reaffirmed earlier figures showing that 77% of Americans are opposed to cutting Social Security.

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Harry's Fight: Mr. Reid and Social Security

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