from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by reaction, especially opposition to progress or liberalism; extremely conservative.
- n. An opponent of progress or liberalism; an extreme conservative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Opposed to change; urging a return to a previous state.
- adj. Very conservative.
- n. One who is opposed to change.
- n. One who is very conservative.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Being, causing, or favoring reaction.
- n. One who favors reaction, or seeks to undo political progress or revolution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to reaction in general; consisting of or characterized by reflex or reciprocal action; reactive.
- Specifically Of or pertaining to political reaction; favoring reaction: as, reactionary principles or movements.
- n. A promoter of reaction; specifically, one who attempts to check, undo, or reverse political action.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. extremely conservative
- n. an extreme conservative; an opponent of progress or liberalism
Consequently, I believe the term reactionary NOW applies in its strictest sense to prog-wacks.
So if a reactionary is a believer in order, a progressive is — a believer in disorder?
"I've been much criticized of late," laments the senator over a lavish dinner with lobbyists, "by irresponsible people of course, for what they term my reactionary association with big business."
Brege said she was interested in the case because it is an example of what she describes as a reactionary, exclusionary and punitive approach used in some Cumberland County schools to deal with discipline issues.
“They throw around the term reactionary so lightly.
Being reactionary is disprefered in so far as moralistic reaction short-circuits ethical critique (see “The Absence of the Abject” post).
The men who wrote it knew all too well what the unlimited reach of a monarch could do, and they knew all too well what it was like to live in reactionary times; the American Revolution was still a vivid and recent memory at the time it was crafted.
It doesn't matter though; she'll forever be in reactionary mode based upon her own poor judgment.
Many of the Americans who sought solace for their frustration and fear in reactionary political movements were drawn from the old lower-middle classes, "men and women clinging precariously to hard-won middle-class lifestyles; people with valued but imperiled stakes in their local communities."
Ahad Ha'amoratzim: you call reactionary, ranting 'asking'?