- of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of a revolution, 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.
Origin of revolutionary
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2. unprecedented, novel, drastic, unorthodox.
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Examples from the Web for revolutionary
A dozen Revolutionary Guards were caught deep inside Pakistan, tracking Rigi.
An attack last year that killed 16 Iranian soldiers was publicized as a “response to crimes of the Revolutionary Guards in Syria.”
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It would have meant the end of the Revolutionary War and a total loss for the Americans.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site
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He led America out of revolutionary victory into infant nationhood.
The latter was as evolutionary and as revolutionary as the Home Rule Bill.The Grand Old Man
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It would be revolutionary so to do by a simple vote of this body.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.
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We had a passenger, who passed for some revolutionary man, who also landed secretly.Ned Myers
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I questioned them, and learnt that revolutionary troubles were beginning in Paris.My Double Life
- a person who advocates or engages in revolution
- relating to or characteristic of a revolution
- advocating or engaged in revolution
- radically new or differenta 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)
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Word Origin and History for revolutionary
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