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  1. an adherent or advocate of relativism or of the principle of relativity.
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Origin of relativist

First recorded in 1860–65; relative + -ist
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Examples from the Web for relativist

Historical Examples

  • In morality, Nietzsche starts out by adopting the position of the relativist.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • The Devil, as Renan has aptly remarked, has chiefly benefited by this relativist point of view.

Word Origin and History for relativist


1857, from relative + -ist. As an adjective from 1914. Related: Relativistic.

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