- of, pertaining to, marked by, or favoring reaction, especially extreme conservatism or rightism in politics; opposing political or social change.
- a reactionary person.
Origin of reactionary
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Examples from the Web for reactionary
I do, however, intend it to sound mean about the reactionary, prejudice-infested place she comes from.Dems, It’s Time to Dump Dixie
December 8, 2014
Reactionary movements are, first and foremost, not rational.Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up
November 17, 2014
The 4th of July has been reactionary, chauvinistic, and out-of-date since 1776.P.J. O'Rourke: 27 Sensitive, Caring, Green, and Politically Committed Reasons to Ban July 4th
P. J. O’Rourke
July 3, 2014
Reactionary conservative candidates did alarmingly well in recent elections for the European Parliament.Fascism Is Fashionable Again in Europe
June 8, 2014
So Rove—I will give him this much—knows the workings of the fearful, reactionary mind.Karl Rove May Be Evil, but He’s No Genius
May 15, 2014
Decidedly, he ought to have sold himself to the reactionary party.The Fortune of the Rougons
Perhaps conservative is not the word; reactionary would be closer.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
And I am not alone in resenting your reactionary tendencies.Scaramouche
Being a reactionary, I still felt that woman's place was not in the Army or Navy.The Winged Men of Orcon
David R. Sparks
We are not speaking of a reactionary revolution but of the "activist."The New Society
- of, relating to, or characterized by reaction, esp against radical political or social change
- a person opposed to radical change
Word Origin and History for reactionary
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.