[ 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.

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

Examples from the Web for maximalist

British Dictionary definitions for maximalist (1 of 2)

/ (ˈmæksɪməlɪst) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for maximalist (2 of 2)

/ (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
Compare Minimalist

Word Origin for Maximalist

C20: from French, a translation of Russian; see Bolshevik
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012