of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of a , or a sudden, complete, or marked change:
a revolutionary junta.
radically new or innovative; outside or beyond established procedure, principles, etc.:
a revolutionary discovery.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the American Revolution or to the period contemporaneous with it in U.S. history:
Revolutionary heroes; Revolutionary weapons.
Liberian revolutionary Leymah Gbowee issued a stirring call to action, shouting, “You die sitting down!”
A Night of Extraordinary Women Liz Goodwin September 13, 2011
In this Newcastle Brown Ale ad, gangly British comedian Stephen Merchant posits, ‘What if the Brits won the revolutionary War?’
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Just like Fight Club or The Matrix, the wave of revolutionary protest-battles also has a mindblowing ending.
The Real Clash of Civilizations James Poulos February 28, 2014
One of the most revolutionary soaps in the Arab world was designed as pure entertainment.
The World’s Most Subversive Soap Operas Christopher Dickey October 26, 2013
Under all the revolutionary argot, the new state functioned just like the old state – only worse.
David’s Bookclub: Blogging the Revolution David Frum March 16, 2013
The process of revolutionary organization in Venezuela and her sister states was much the same as that later adopted in Cuba.
The History of Cuba, vol. 2 Willis Fletcher Johnson
It would be revolutionary so to do by a simple vote of this body.
Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7. Josiah Allen’s Wife (Marietta Holley)
Catiline is supposed to be the author of the revolutionary schemes.
The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4) Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nobody, even in revolutionary France, imagines that it will work.
The American Mind Bliss Perry
At this appearance of a revolutionary socialist party the Left gnashes its teeth.
History of the Commune of 1871 P. Lissagary
noun (pl) -aries
a person who advocates or engages in revolution
relating to or characteristic of a revolution
advocating or engaged in revolution
radically new or different: a revolutionary method of making plastics
rotating or revolving
(mainly US) of or relating to the conflict or period of the War of American Independence (1775–83)
of or relating to any of various other Revolutions, esp the Russian Revolution (1917) or the French Revolution (1789)
1774; see revolution + -ary. As a noun, from 1850 (cf revolutionist).
a person who advocates or takes part in a . of, relating to, or characteristic of a ; revolutionary: revolutionist ideals. Contemporary Examples But he was a revolutionist, an often shabby, poverty-stricken genius with a taste for the bottle. Marx’s Not-So-Marxist Marriage Mary Gabriel September 20, 2011 Historical Examples But though I am a bit […]
pertaining to or of the nature of . affected with or subject to . a person affected with . Contemporary Examples Bedridden Child Rather spent about three years of his childhood bedridden with rheumatic fever. 10 Revelations from ‘Rather Outspoken’ Autobiography Ben Jacobs April 27, 2012 Historical Examples These are children who have large tonsils […]
(used with a plural verb) . civil-rights: a rights worker. in accordance with what is good, proper, or just: right conduct. in conformity with fact, reason, truth, or some standard or principle; correct: the right solution; the right answer. correct in judgment, opinion, or action. fitting or appropriate; suitable: to say the right thing at […]
a noisy, violent public disorder caused by a group or crowd of persons, as by a crowd protesting against another group, a government policy, etc., in the streets. Law. a disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons acting together in a disrupting and tumultuous manner in carrying out their private purposes. violent […]