right wing

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  1. members of a conservative or reactionary political party, or those opposing extensive political reform.

  2. such a political party or a group of such parties.

  1. that part of a political or social organization advocating a conservative or reactionary position: The union's right wing favored a moderate course of action.

Origin of right wing

First recorded in 1930–35

Other words from right wing

  • right-wing, adjective
  • right-winger, noun

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How to use right wing in a sentence

  • It is about two miles from Jericho crossing to the railroad, the point for which the right wing was aiming.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • His right wing was stationed in the rear of the hamlet of Heinrichsdorf, his left rested on a forest known as the Sortlack.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
  • Despite the fiercest fighting, it was impossible to drive them out of part of the second position on the right wing.

  • Rosecrans had divided his army into right wing, centre and left wing,—for convenience designated as corps.

    Stone's River | Wilson J. Vance
  • The whole right wing of the army had been driven back several miles, to the Nashville Pike.

British Dictionary definitions for right wing

right wing

  1. (often capitals) the conservative faction of an assembly, party, etc

  2. the part of an army or field of battle on the right from the point of view of one facing the enemy

    • the right-hand side of the field of play from the point of view of a team facing its opponent's goal

    • a player positioned in this area in any of various games

    • the position occupied by such a player

  1. of, belonging to, or relating to the right wing

Derived forms of right wing

  • right-winger, noun

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Cultural definitions for right-wing (1 of 2)


A descriptive term for conservative or reactionary political views, particularly those supporting the current social order or calling for a return to an earlier order. Right-wing groups are sometimes known collectively as the Right. (Compare left-wing.)


A descriptive term for an individual or a political faction that advocates very conservative policies. Right-wing groups generally support free enterprise. In the United States, the right wing generally argues for a strong national defense program and opposes federal involvement in promoting social welfare. (Compare left-wing.)

Notes for right-wing

Although both major political parties in the United States have right-wing factions, right-wing policies are usually associated with the Republican party.

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