[ri-vizh-uh-niz-uh m]


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.

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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Contemporary Examples of revisionism

  • And what would an enterprise featuring Ron Paul be without a little Civil War revisionism?

  • Untold numbers of Americans—and American liberals at that—were eager to engage in revisionism of their own.

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    Panetta's Freudian Slip

    Fouad Ajami

    July 12, 2011

  • But before the revisionism about this conflict starts to set in, at least tonight there is one thing we can all agree on.

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    No Way to Wind Down a War

    Matt Latimer

    August 31, 2010

  • But before we describe those circumstances, a quick caveat: We're obviously talking here about "revisionism" within limits.

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    Fear of Flip-Flopping

    Jack And Suzy Welch

    February 26, 2009

  • There is nothing inherently wrong with revisionism when it is called for and based on solid new information.

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    The Times Bungles Watergate

    John W. Dean

    February 4, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for revisionism



(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