Definitions

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

  • adj. Relating to or being a revolution: revolutionary war; a museum of the Revolutionary era.
  • adj. Bringing about or supporting a political or social revolution: revolutionary pamphlets.
  • adj. Marked by or resulting in radical change: a revolutionary discovery.
  • n. A militant in the struggle for revolution.
  • n. A supporter of revolutionary principles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a revolution in government; tending to, or promoting, revolution; as, revolutionary war; revolutionary measures; revolutionary agitators.
  • adj. pertaining to something that portends of great change; overthrowing a standing mindset
  • adj. pertaining to something that revolves
  • n. A revolutionist; a person who revolts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a revolution in government; tending to, or promoting, revolution.
  • n. A revolutionist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a revolution in government, or [capitalized] to any movement or crisis known as the Revolution: as, a revolutionary war; Revolutionary heroes; the Revolutionary epoch in American history.
  • Tending to produce revolution; subversive of established codes or systems: as, revolutionary measures; revolutionary doctrines.
  • n. A revolutionist.

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

  • adj. markedly new or introducing radical change
  • adj. advocating or engaged in revolution
  • adj. relating to or having the nature of a revolution
  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic or causing an axial or orbital turn
  • n. a radical supporter of political or social revolution

Etymologies

confer French révolutionnaire (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [Castro] It depends on what is understood by the term revolutionary focus.

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  • The NPA, which the United States and European Union consider to be a foreign terrorist organization, has long extracted what it calls "revolutionary taxes" from businesses operating up and down the length of the Philippines.

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  • Daniel comes to what he describes as a revolutionary perspective through his own experiences as a worker in some of the hippest digital corporations in the new info crunching capitalist economy.

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  • President Ahmadinejad planning to form an anti-American alliance with what he calls the revolutionary countries of Latin America.

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  • He said he was going to fight to defend what he calls his revolutionary style government to the death.

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  • De Klerk said it was true that the former government had embarked on overt and covert actions against what he called the revolutionary onslaught.

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  • I remember perfectly how, immediately after the guerrilla movement headed by Che in Bolivia [applause], in which -- as it is known full well, Cuban revolutionaries also participated the death of Che, a harsh blow to our people, a harsh blow to the Latin American revolutionary movement -- was used as a kind of argument to refute the idea of revolutionary armed struggle.

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  • March 30, 1855, as the legitimate Government, he sent a special message to Congress on January 24, 1856, in which he characterized as revolutionary the movement of the free-state men to organize a separate

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  • "In these times, the representatives had organized in Haut-Rhin what they called a revolutionary army, composed of deserters and all the vagabonds and scamps they could pick up who had belonged to the popular club; they dragged along after it what they called judges and a guillotine."

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  • Comte has no difficulty in making out an equally strong case against the other principal tenets of what he calls the revolutionary school; since all that they generally amount to is, that something ought not to be: which cannot possibly be the whole truth, and which M.

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