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revolutionary

[ rev-uh-loo-shuh-ner-ee ]
/ 藢r蓻v 蓹藞lu 蕛蓹藢n蓻r i /
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adjective
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of a revolution, or a sudden, complete, or marked change: a revolutionary junta.
radically new or innovative; outside or beyond established procedure, principles, etc.: a revolutionary discovery.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the American Revolution or to the period contemporaneous with it in U.S. history: Revolutionary heroes; Revolutionary weapons.
noun, plural rev路o路lu路tion路ar路ies.
a revolutionist.
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Origin of revolutionary

First recorded in 1765鈥75; revolution + -ary

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British Dictionary definitions for revolutionary (1 of 2)

revolutionary
/ (藢r蓻v蓹藞lu藧蕛蓹n蓹r瑟) /

noun plural -aries
a person who advocates or engages in revolution
adjective
relating to or characteristic of a revolution
advocating or engaged in revolution
radically new or differenta revolutionary method of making plastics
rotating or revolving

Derived forms of revolutionary

revolutionarily, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for revolutionary (2 of 2)

Revolutionary
/ (藢r蓻v蓹藞lu藧蕛蓹n蓹r瑟) /

adjective
mainly US of or relating to the conflict or period of the War of American Independence (1775鈥83)
of or relating to any of various other Revolutions, esp the Russian Revolution (1917) or the French Revolution (1789)
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