[ ri-vahy-vuh-list ]
/ rɪˈvaɪ və lɪst /


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

Origin of revivalist

First recorded in 1810–20; revival + -ist

Related forms

re·viv·al·is·tic, adjectivenon·re·viv·al·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for revivalist


/ (rɪˈvaɪvəlɪst) /


a person who holds, promotes, or presides over religious revivals
a person who revives customs, institutions, ideas, etc


of, relating to, or characterizing revivalism or religious revivalsa revivalist meeting

Derived Forms

revivalistic, adjective
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