or Cen·trist



(especially in continental Europe) a member of a political party of the Center; moderate.


of or relating to centrists or to their political views; middle-of-the-road.

Origin of centrist

From the French word centriste, dating back to 1870–75. See center, -ist
Related formscen·trism, noun
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Related Words for centrism

center, centrism, interface, midway

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British Dictionary definitions for centrism



a person holding moderate political views
Derived Formscentrism, noun
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Word Origin and History for centrism

1935, from centre + -ism (also see centrist).



1872, from French centriste, from centre (see center (n.)). Originally in English with reference to French politics; general application to other political situations is from 1890.

Where M. St. Hilaire is seen to most advantage, however, is when quietly nursing one of that weak-kneed congregation who sit in the middle of the House, and call themselves "Centrists." A French Centrist is--exceptis eoccipiendis--a man who has never been able to make up his mind, nor is likely to. ["Men of the Third Republic," London, 1873]
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