- (usually initial capital letter) (during the British Civil War) a member of the Parliamentary army advocating constitutional reforms, equal rights, and religious tolerance.
- Chiefly British. leveler.
Origin of leveller
- a person or thing that levels.
Also especially British, lev·el·ler.
Origin of leveler
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Examples from the Web for levellers
The Levellers have their poet, and he made them a song with a fine lilt.Highways and Byways in Surrey
Have no anarchists, rioters, and levellers been found among them?A Comprehensive History of Norwich
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Levellers, moral, the representatives of a servile principle.
Levellers were persecuted by the young, and suspected by the old.
Every town and village in the kingdom had its coterie of Levellers.
- the Levellers English history a radical group on the Parliamentarian side during the Civil War that advocated republicanism, freedom of worship, etc
- a person or thing that levels
- a person who works for the abolition of inequalities
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Word Origin and History for levellers
1590s, someone or something that makes level; agent noun of level (v.). From 1640s as the name of a political party of the time of Charles I that advocated abolishing all differences of position and rank.
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