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leveller

[lev-uh-ler]
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noun
  1. (usually initial capital letter) (during the British Civil War) a member of the Parliamentary army advocating constitutional reforms, equal rights, and religious tolerance.
  2. Chiefly British. leveler.
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Origin of leveller

First recorded in 1590–1600; level + -er1
Related formsself-lev·el·ler, noun

leveler

[lev-uh-ler]
noun
  1. a person or thing that levels.
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Also especially British, lev·el·ler.

Origin of leveler

First recorded in 1590–1600; level + -er1
Related formsself-lev·el·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for levellers

Levellers

noun
  1. the Levellers English history a radical group on the Parliamentarian side during the Civil War that advocated republicanism, freedom of worship, etc
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leveller

US leveler

noun
  1. a person or thing that levels
  2. a person who works for the abolition of inequalities
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Word Origin and History for levellers

leveller

n.

1590s, someone or something that makes level; agent noun of level (v.). From 1640s as the name of a political party of the time of Charles I that advocated abolishing all differences of position and rank.

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