[ ree-ak-shuh-ner-ee ]
/ riˈæk ʃəˌnɛr i /
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of, pertaining to, marked by, or favoring reaction, especially extreme conservatism or rightism in politics; opposing political or social change.
noun, plural re·ac·tion·ar·ies.
a reactionary person.
OTHER WORDS FOR reactionary
1, 2 ultraconservative.
OPPOSITES FOR reactionary
1, 2 radical.
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Sometimes re·ac·tion·ist [ree-ak-shuh-nist] /riˈæk ʃə nɪst/ .
OTHER WORDS FROM reactionary
re·ac·tion·ism, re·ac·tion·ar·y·ism, re·ac·tion·ar·ism [ree-ak-shuh-nuh-riz-uhm], /riˈæk ʃə nəˌrɪz əm/, nounan·ti·re·ac·tion·ar·y, noun, plural an·ti·re·ac·tion·ar·ies, adjectivehalf-re·ac·tion·ar·y, adjectivenon·re·ac·tion·ar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·re·ac·tion·ar·ies.
sem·i·re·ac·tion·ar·y, adjective, noun, plural sem·i·re·ac·tion·ar·ies.un·re·ac·tion·ar·y, adjective
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How to use reactionary in a sentence
Early campaigners sought to prevent broadcasting from becoming saturated by reactionary voices that drove profits but hurt democracy.The Fairness Doctrine won’t solve our problems — but it can foster needed debate|Victor Pickard|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
You don’t have to just cover things up, or you don’t have to just be reactionary.“I started crying”: Inside Timnit Gebru’s last days at Google—and what happens next|Karen Hao|December 16, 2020|MIT Technology Review
But there are real dollars and cents behind this bit of reactionism.Solar Power Burns Old Utilities’ Business Models|Daniel Gross|April 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for reactionary
/ (rɪˈækʃənərɪ, -ʃənrɪ) /
of, relating to, or characterized by reaction, esp against radical political or social change
noun plural -aries or -ists
a person opposed to radical change
Derived forms of reactionaryreactionism, noun
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Cultural 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.
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