[ ri-vizh-uh-niz-uh m ]
/ rɪˈvɪʒ əˌnɪz əm /


advocacy or approval of revision.
any departure from Marxist doctrine, theory, or practice, especially the tendency to favor reform above revolutionary change.
a departure from any authoritative or generally accepted doctrine, theory, practice, etc.

Nearby words

  1. revised standard version,
  2. revised version,
  3. revised version of the bible,
  4. revision,
  5. revisionary,
  6. revisionist,
  7. revisit,
  8. revisory,
  9. revitalization,
  10. revitalize

Origin of revisionism

First recorded in 1900–05; revision + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for revisionism


/ (rɪˈvɪʒəˌnɪzəm) /


(sometimes capital)
  1. a moderate, nonrevolutionary version of Marxism developed in Germany around 1900
  2. (in Marxist-Leninist ideology) any dangerous departure from the true interpretation of Marx's teachings
the advocacy of revision of some political theory, religious doctrine, historical or critical interpretation, etc
(usually capital) an ultra-nationalist form of Zionism that arose in Palestine in the 1940s
Derived Formsrevisionist, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for revisionism



1903, from revision + -ism. Originally in Marxist jargon, "rejection of gradual introduction of socialism." Revisionist is from 1850 (adj.); 1854 (n.); in the historical sense from 1934, originally with reference to the causes of World War I.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper