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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.
a revolutionist.
Historical Examples

His measures were anti-revolutionary, his object being to restore confidence and to heal faction.
A History of England, Period III. Rev. J. Franck Bright

His faults, as well as his virtues, make him anti-revolutionary.
The Ancien Regime Charles Kingsley

The lower ranks of the clergy, inspired by anti-revolutionary fanaticism, were inflaming the ignorant multitude.
Main Currents in Nineteenth Century Literature, Vol. III (of 6) The Reaction in France Georg Brandes

Russia, of course, was even more absurd in these anti-revolutionary activities.
The Story of Mankind Hendrik Van Loon

But the anti-revolutionary and the institutional features of Tennyson’s poetry are not those of the higher ground of his poetry.
Introduction to Robert Browning Hiram Corson

No man ever stood at the head of a great revolution whose temper was so anti-revolutionary.
History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8) John Richard Green

Kuyper, for many years a Calvinist pastor, undertook in 1872 the editorship of the anti-revolutionary paper, De Standdard.
History of Holland George Edmundson

England, of course, the stronghold of all anti-revolutionary forces, was to be the enemy.
The Rise of the Dutch Kingdom Hendrik Willem van Loon

Dogmatic and obstinate authority involved our anti-revolutionary astronomers in fresh complications.
Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams

This idea of the anti-revolutionary speculators was not so extravagant as might have been supposed at the first blush.
The Gods are Athirst Anatole France

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).


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