[ rev-uh-loo-shuh-ner-ee ]
/ ˌrɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnɛr i /


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.

noun, plural rev·o·lu·tion·ar·ies.

a revolutionist.



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Origin of revolutionary

First recorded in 1765–75; revolution + -ary

SYNONYMS FOR revolutionary

OTHER WORDS FROM revolutionary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for anti-revolutionary (1 of 2)

/ (ˌrɛvəˈluːʃənərɪ) /


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)

British Dictionary definitions for anti-revolutionary (2 of 2)

/ (ˌrɛvəˈluːʃənərɪ) /

noun plural -aries

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

Derived forms of revolutionary

revolutionarily, adverb
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