noun, plural re·ac·tion·ar·ies.
Examples from the Web for reactionary
I do, however, intend it to sound mean about the reactionary, prejudice-infested place she comes from.
Reactionary movements are, first and foremost, not rational.Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up|Arthur Chu|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The 4th of July has been reactionary, chauvinistic, and out-of-date since 1776.P.J. O'Rourke: 27 Sensitive, Caring, Green, and Politically Committed Reasons to Ban July 4th|P. J. O’Rourke|July 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Reactionary conservative candidates did alarmingly well in recent elections for the European Parliament.
So Rove—I will give him this much—knows the workings of the fearful, reactionary mind.
This was effected, and Louis Philippe was balked of his desire to interfere in Portugal to promote a reactionary policy.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
This is enough to prevent our being led astray in our struggle against "the reactionary mass."Anarchism and Socialism|George Plechanoff
Group-impulse among Caucasians is nearly always frightened, conservative, reactionary, or derisive of the forward step.The Conquest of Fear|Basil King
To them the time had come when the reactionary forces of Manitou must receive a check.The World For Sale, Complete|Gilbert Parker
M. Desormeaux, the head clerk at the Department of Justice, was an old legitimist, much imbued with reactionary ideas.Other People's Money|Emile Gaboriau
British Dictionary definitions for reactionary
noun plural -aries or -ists
Word Origin and History for reactionary
1831, on model of French réactionnaire (19c.), from réaction (see reaction). In Marxist use, "tending toward reversing existing tendencies," opposed to revolutionary and used opprobriously in reference to opponents of communism, by 1858. As a noun, "person considered reactionary," especially in politics, one who seeks to check or undo political action, by 1855.
Culture definitions for reactionary
An extremely conservative person or position that not only resists change but seeks to return to the “good old days” of an earlier social order.