[ rel-uh-tuh-vist ]
/ ˈrɛl ə tə vɪst /


an adherent or advocate of relativism or of the principle of relativity.

Origin of relativist

First recorded in 1860–65; relative + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for relativist

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

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

    Thus Spake Zarathustra|Friedrich Nietzsche

Word Origin and History for relativist



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper