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  • n. A revanchist person; occasionally, anyone seeking vengeance.
  • adj. Seeking revenge or otherwise advocating retaliation, especially against a nation which has previously defeated and humiliated the revanchist party in war. Originally referred to the French indignation over losing Alsace-Lorraine to Germany in the Franco-Prussian War.


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From revanche +‎ -ist. Compare later French revanchiste.



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  • a term used since the 1870s to describe a political manifestation of the will to reverse territorial losses incurred by a country, often following a war. Revanchism draws its strength from patriotic and retributionist thought and is often motivated by economic or geo-political factors. Extreme revanchist ideologues often represent a hawkish stance, suggesting that desired objectives can be reclaimed in the positive outcome of another war.


    August 30, 2009

  • "Even Russia, the most aggressive and revanchist great power today, has done little that compares with past aggressors."

    --Fareed Zakaria, "The Post-American World," Newsweek, May 12, 2008, 29.

    May 15, 2008