adjective (sometimes initial capital letter)

of or relating to conservative or reactionary political views; noting or characteristic of the political Right.


a member or supporter of the political Right; conservative or reactionary.

Origin of rightist

First recorded in 1935–40; right + -ist
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of, tending towards, or relating to the political right or its principles; conservative, traditionalist, or reactionary


a person who supports or belongs to the political right
Derived Formsrightism, noun
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