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  1. a person, especially a member of the clergy, who promotes or holds religious revivals.
  2. a person who revives former customs, methods, etc.
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Origin of revivalist

First recorded in 1810–20; revival + -ist
Related formsre·viv·al·is·tic, adjectivenon·re·viv·al·ist, noun
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Related Words for revivalist

evangelist, pastor, preacher, messenger, clergy, teacher, cleric, missionary, televangelist, apostle, missioner, promoter, herald, propagandist, minister, converter, revivalist, parson, divine, ecclesiastic

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Historical Examples of revivalist

  • When it was finished, the preacher sat down beside the revivalist.

    In the Midst of Alarms

    Robert Barr

  • Some had evidently come from afar, for the fame of the revivalist was widespread.

  • In this instance it was hard to say which was the more surprised, the revivalist or the congregation.

  • He was a Methodist preacher—a revivalist—and did his own exhorting.

  • He must be some revivalist who has gone insane on one point.

British Dictionary definitions for revivalist


  1. a person who holds, promotes, or presides over religious revivals
  2. a person who revives customs, institutions, ideas, etc
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  1. of, relating to, or characterizing revivalism or religious revivalsa revivalist meeting
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Derived Formsrevivalistic, adjective
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