WORD ORIGIN adjective of, relating to, or of the nature of a republic. favoring a republic. fitting or appropriate for the citizen of a republic: a very republican notion. ( initial capital letter) of or relating to the Republican Party. noun a person who favors a republican form of government. ( initial capital letter) a member of the Republican Party. Origin of republican
First recorded in
is from the
Middle French. See
-an Related forms an·ti·re·pub·li·can, adjective, noun half-re·pub·li·can, adjective non·re·pub·li·can, adjective, noun pre·re·pub·li·can, adjective pro·re·pub·li·can, adjective, noun pseu·do·re·pub·li·can, adjective sem·i·re·pub·li·can, adjective, noun un·re·pub·li·can, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for antirepublican adjective opposed to the principles or practice of republicanism noun a person who is opposed to the principles or practice of republicanism adjective of, resembling, or relating to a republic supporting or advocating a republic noun a supporter or advocate of a republic adjective of, belonging to, or relating to a Republican Party of, belonging to, or relating to the Irish Republican Army noun a member or supporter of a Republican Party a member or supporter of the Irish Republican Army
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Word Origin and History for antirepublican adj.
1712, "belonging to a republic, of the nature of a republic, consonant to the principles of a republic," from
republic + -an. The French republican calendar was in use from Nov. 26, 1793 to Dec. 31, 1805. n.
"one who favors a republic or republican principles" (or, as Johnson puts it, "One who thinks a commonwealth without monarchy the best government"), 1690s; see from
republican (adj.). With capital R-, in reference to a member of a specific U.S. political party (the Anti-Federalists) from 1782, though this was not the ancestor of the modern U.S. Republican Party, which dates from 1854.
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