[ mak-suh-muh-list ]
/ ˈmæk sə mə lɪst /


a person who favors a radical and immediate approach to the achievement of a set of goals or the completion of a program.

Nearby words

  1. maxima,
  2. maximal,
  3. maximal dose,
  4. maximal ideal,
  5. maximal permissible dose,
  6. maximilian,
  7. maximilian armor,
  8. maximilian i,
  9. maximilian ii,
  10. maximin

Origin of maximalist

< Russian maksimalíst, coinage orig. applied in 1906 to an extreme splinter group of the Russian Socialist-Revolutionary party; see maximal, -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for maximalist


/ (ˈmæksɪməlɪst) /


a person who favours direct action to achieve all his goals and rejects compromise


/ (ˈmæksɪməlɪst) /

noun (in early 20th-century Russia)

a member of the radical faction of Social Revolutionaries that supported terrorism against the tsarist regime and advocated a short period of postrevolutionary working-class dictatorship
a less common name for a Bolshevik
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Word Origin for Maximalist

C20: from French, a translation of Russian; see Bolshevik

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Word Origin and History for maximalist



"extreme radical in the Russian Socialist Revolutionary Party," early 20c., from maximal + -ist; denoting "one who insists on all his demands." Related: Maximalism.

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