Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a republic.
  • adj. Favoring a republic as the best form of government.
  • adj. Of, relating to, characteristic of, or belonging to the Republican Party of the United States.
  • n. One who favors a republic as the best form of government.
  • n. A member of the Republican Party of the United States.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a republic.
  • adj. Consonant with the principles of a republic
  • n. One who favors or prefers a republican form of government.
  • n. A member of the Republican party.
  • n.
  • n. The American cliff swallow. The cliff swallows build their nests side by side, many together.
  • n. A South African weaver bird (Philetærus socius). These weaver birds build many nests together, under a large rooflike shelter, which they make of straw.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of or pertaining to a republic or common wealth: as, a republican constitution or government.
  • Consonant to the principles of a republic: as, republican sentiments or opinions; republican manners.
  • Of or pertaining to or favoring the Republican party: as, a Republican senator. See below.
  • In ornithology, living in community; nesting or breeding in common: as, the republican or sociable grosbeak, Philetærus socius; the republican swallow, formerly called Hirundo respublicana. See cuts under hive-nest.
  • In United States history:
  • n. One who favors or prefers a republican form of government.
  • n. A member of a republican party; specifically , in United States history, a member of the Republican party.
  • n. In ornithology, the republican swallow.

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

  • adj. having the supreme power lying in the body of citizens entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them or characteristic of such government
  • n. a member of the Republican Party
  • n. a tributary of the Kansas River that flows from eastern Colorado eastward through Nebraska and Kansas
  • adj. relating to or belonging to the Republican Party
  • n. an advocate of a republic (usually in opposition to a monarchy)

Etymologies

From republic +‎ -an, partly after French républicain. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Republican dissident terror group Oghlaigh na hEireann carried out a blast bomb attack on two police officers in west Belfast, republican sources have told the Guardian.

    Dissident terror group 'behind Belfast grenade attack on policemen'

  • A Democrat who acts like a Republican “is then classified as a republican.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Lawyers, Treason, and Deception: A Response to Andrew McCarthy

  • This is why A REPUBLICAN Goverment would never want it's citizens to have socialized education ... they would be to smart to vote for a republican.

    Polls: Europe Hearts Obama

  • She's trend right for the general election, just like Bill did, and we'll be faced with another chance to pick a Republican or someone who sounds like a republican.

    Bill Clinton Re-Emerges As Major Issue In Campaign

  • It is time that CNN and their bunch of nobody commentators present the news as an independent and not as Democrat or Republican. specially the women that sit and offer their constantly negative opinion about the republican party like Berger and Brown.

    How’d they do? The best political team’s analysis

  • It is amazing that the Republican party should try and play with the lives of the people of America……3/4 of the House democratic voted for this bill……but the arrogance of the republican mavericks to play Russian roulette with such disregard for the economy and the American people ….

    A reckless vote

  • A few Republican strategists said to me today, republican strategists said to me, Virginia is changing.

    CNN Transcript Oct 16, 2008

  • ALLEN HOFFENBLUM, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST: This would all but guarantee that the republican nominee would get 20 extra Electoral College votes, which could certainly impact the outcome of the election.

    CNN Transcript Aug 8, 2007

  • Republican freedom can be thought of as a kind of status: to be a free person is to enjoy the rights and privileges attached to the status of republican citizenship, whereas the paradigm of the unfree person is the slave.

    Positive and Negative Liberty

  • WHIT AYRES, REPUBLICAN POLLSTER: I think the race is wide open, John, on the republican side.

    CNN Transcript Oct 22, 2007

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  • Republicans vs. Yankees? Seen here.

    September 10, 2009

  • My least favorite word. ;)

    February 1, 2009

  • Speech Wars: Follow the Candidates' Words

    September 13, 2008

  • I think there are plenty of elements of so-called "liberal bias" in the media, however, those that would call themselves "liberal" aren't even half as organized or aligned. Right-wing media explicitly distributes things like "message of the day"--talking points for the echo chamber.

    Truly, though, as I've said elsewhere on Wordie, it makes me so irritated that things are always framed as RIGHT/LEFT. Like this ridiculous thing. While this amuses the symbolic/dual-hemisphere human brain metaphorist in me, it's pure delusion. When you sample the majority of people, ISSUE BY ISSUE, you find that we are unique slowflakes, and our beliefs are all over the map. By forcing all these multi-shaped pegs into 1-or-2 hole options, it hurts the ability to have quality discourse or an evolution of thought--a diversity of ideas is possibily the best means to stimulate a greater 'synthesis' (in the dialectic sense).

    In the current post-convention state of the 2008 presidential election, if I were the Obama camp, I would be jumping *all over* the positioning of McCain. Virtually every single speech at the RNC dropped the term "small town values" (a dog-whistle rebranding of family values with that rural-verus-city, culture war touch)--but by doing this, Republicans are basically maligning the larger population centers in two ways: one, suggesting that the so-called upstanding Christian values don't exist in cities, and two, that whatever so-called non-Christian values in cities just aren't worth honoring or respecting as much.

    If this 'partisan' approach is indeed intentional, it would suggest that seperationist strategy is advantageous to the GOP (trying to knock off some 'Small Town' people from Obama's 'uniter' positioning)... Obama could nail him on this if his campaign is smart enough to utilize it.

    September 12, 2008

  • And the incredible irony that they've got everyone convinced, somehow, that "the media" is actually liberal. While that may have been true forty or fifty years ago, it isn't anymore.

    September 12, 2008

  • I thought this article was really well written and on-point. My only criticism is that the author pays little note to the obvious effect of the huge infrastructure and support system of right-wing media, brainwashing through repetition, etc.

    September 12, 2008

  • I make the baby Jesus cry.

    *sly grin*

    September 12, 2008

  • I want a puma who can strangle a Republican to death with his bare paws. Then eat him. Yummy!

    September 12, 2008

  • Easy, whichbe: the little baby Jesus.

    September 12, 2008

  • WHAT MAKES PEOPLE VOTE REPUBLICAN?

    September 12, 2008

  • I wouldn't want to see that.

    October 13, 2007

  • Do pumas exude anything? Republicans, maybe?

    October 13, 2007

  • So you need a man-towel, then.

    October 13, 2007

  • It's like sweat. It secretes from my pores.

    October 13, 2007

  • How do you exude manliness? I didn't know that stuff seeped.

    October 13, 2007

  • Wow. By extension, all Republicans can strangle pumas while exuding manliness?

    Eew.

    October 13, 2007

  • "I do like Republicans. I like macho men. I want a man who exudes manliness when he walks into a room without saying anything. I want a man who can strangle a puma to death with his bare hands. Feisty!"

    October 13, 2007