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[ ri-vizh-uh-nist ]


  1. an advocate of revision, especially of some political or religious doctrine.
  2. a reviser.
  3. any advocate of doctrines, theories, or practices that depart from established authority or doctrine.


  1. of or relating to revisionists or revisionism.
  2. attempting to reevaluate and restate the past based on newly acquired standards.

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Other Words From

  • anti·re·vision·ist noun adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of revisionist1

First recorded in 1860–65; revision + -ist

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Example Sentences

All history written after the official record is set must be revisionist, redundant or some combination of the two, and revisionist history loves to restore agency to oppressed groups whose contributions went unheralded in the original accounting.

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The museum would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and the project at once became a political battleground between traditionalists and revisionists.

The authors don’t pursue the Osbourne angle beyond employing him as a stand-in for the revisionist school of Alamo history, which “metaphorically amounts to peeing on the Alamo legend.”

From the beginning, there was a group of scholars you could call revisionists, who have this whole theory that FDR maneuvered us into war by the back door.

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It’s that this draft of revisionist history has an international audience.

But Black certainly isn't the only Republican rape revisionist in public office.

But, if anything, there is a bright side to this revisionist history.

Despite its patent fallacy, the impact of the “Christian Nation” revisionist history on American attitudes is substantial.

Instead, he condescended with a dishonest and revisionist history of the GOP.

The film director has just co-written a revisionist history of the United States that is ideological drivel.

On the other hand, forty-nine councils came to decisions which the revisionist party claim for themselves.

In the third point, M. Sorel “the revolutionary revisionist,” comes very close to M. Bernstein, “the evolutionary revisionist.”

It was at Dresden, 1903, that the revisionist tempest reached its height in the party teapot.

Khrushchev then became the object of violent attacks in the Albanian press, being castigated as more of a revisionist than Tito.