Unlike Rudolph Giuliani, a front-runner shot down in reactionary flames in 2008, Christie isn't pro–choice.
Mataconis is correct to note Santorum was merely repeating a tired trope from populist, reactionary conservatism.
If I were a reactionary ignoramus, those numbers would make me plenty nervous.
reactionary conservatism may be the most popular human pastime other than sex, and it will always have a market.
The 4th of July has been reactionary, chauvinistic, and out-of-date since 1776.
He was believed to be responsible for the Czar's conversion from liberal ideas to reactionary principles.
He was a reactionary Republican of the most pronounced type.
This is reactionary doctrine, and one of the few points in Shakespeare's "natural" philosophy which invites dissent.
The stifling of the insurrection in Poland strengthened the reactionary party.
Nevertheless, the reactionary attitude, though unintelligent, is intelligible.
1831, on model of French réactionnaire (19c.), from réaction (see reaction). In Marxist use, "tending toward reversing existing tendencies," opposed to revolutionary and used opprobriously in reference to opponents of communism, by 1858. As a noun, "person considered reactionary," especially in politics, one who seeks to check or undo political action, by 1855.
An extremely conservative person or position that not only resists change but seeks to return to the “good old days” of an earlier social order.