- (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
Examples from the Web for centrist
Another dark horse, Tennessee Senator Al Gore, was finding little traction in his efforts to become a centrist alternative.Want President Hillary? Then Primary Her
November 24, 2014
The centrist group thinks they can build centrist grassroots army.No Labels’ Bid For The Big Time
September 18, 2014
He is running as a centrist alternative to Tea Party-aligned GOP candidate Ben Sasse and Democrat Dave Domina, a trial lawyer.
Last month, the centrist Democratic group Third Way released a study called “The State of the Center.”Conservatives Are So Conservative They Think the Congressional GOP Are Moderate Squishes
June 13, 2014
Webb believes he is just the sort of centrist leader who can break the Democrat-Republican stalemate in Washington.Will It Be ‘President Jim Webb’?
May 22, 2014
- a person holding moderate political views
Word Origin and History for 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]