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maximalist

[ mak-suh-muh-list ]
/ ˈmæk sə mə lɪst /
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noun
a person who favors a radical and immediate approach to the achievement of a set of goals or the completion of a program.
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Origin of maximalist

<Russian maksimalíst, coinage originally applied in 1906 to an extreme splinter group of the Russian Socialist-Revolutionary party; see maximal, -ist
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British Dictionary definitions for maximalist (1 of 2)

maximalist
/ (ˈmæksɪməlɪst) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for maximalist (2 of 2)

Maximalist
/ (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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