Definition of maximalist in English:



  • (especially in politics) a person who holds extreme views and is not prepared to compromise.

    • ‘Territorial maximalists are pushing hard for an ‘encirclement fence.’’
    • ‘Her carefully cultivated media image as a moderate cannot disguise her consistent history as a rejectionist and a maximalist.’
    • ‘In an age of too many minimalists, Orson Welles, Federico Fellini, and Ingmar Bergman were maximalists.’
    • ‘Here was a maximalist in a landscape of ascetics, an inclusivist in love with the dictionary and world.’
    • ‘We've been foiled at every turn by the maximalists, the movies studios and the trademark offices, the patent-cops and the recording industry lobbyists and the IP lawyers' associations.’
    • ‘He is a maximalist and a showman, so it may be somewhat unfair to criticize him in this fashion.’
    • ‘It really astounds me that Hollywood copyright maximalists never learn from their own mistakes.’
    • ‘Some modern federal power maximalists make the opposite mistake.’
    • ‘As the referendum approached, longstanding splits between the minimalists and maximalists within the republican movement became significant.’
    • ‘At some point, leaders are supposed to stand up to maximalists, even the ones they mostly agree with.’
    • ‘However, because the copyright maximalists have been able to frame copyright in terms of ‘property’, this reality is increasingly difficult to achieve.’
    • ‘Even John Adams, the transatlantic dean of minimalism, is at heart a maximalist, if the hectic massiness of his own essay in metaphysical erotics, Harmonium, is a guide.’
    • ‘Despite the urging of the maximalists, Ireland never became directly involved with the Nonaligned Movement, nor did it develop particularly close relations with the other European neutrals.’
    • ‘First, of the 24 providers categorized on the basis of their expressed support concerns, maximalists emerged as the largest group and minimalists the smallest group.’
    • ‘In his recent exhibition of paintings and sculptures, he presents himself as an unabashed maximalist.’
    • ‘But again, note that a major underlying cause, the profit-driven system of corporate globalisation - the determination of business maximalists to have more of everything - is not up for discussion in the paper.’


  • Of or denoting an extreme opinion.

    ‘the maximalist interpretation is more promising’
    • ‘This sequel takes a riotously maximalist approach.’
    • ‘The point is that the people who are really worth listening to aren't making absolute or maximalist statements or predictions.’
    • ‘Ours is a maximalist culture - the bigger the better.’
    • ‘In this it has adopted a two-pronged strategy, what he called a minimalist and a maximalist strategy.’
    • ‘The idea that someone other than the creator might actually make use of the character without permission is what drives copyright maximalist authors, owners, and advocates crazy, not loss of rights or even, often, compensation.’
    • ‘Only fine spices, massage, and dodgeball can compare and further inspire these maximalist feats.’
    • ‘For political reasons, tax virtue has been defined in as maximalist a way as possible.’
    • ‘Similarly, providers expressing concerns indicative of a maximalist logic of action also appeared to eschew strong boundary management tactics.’
    • ‘The maximalist position (so far not put forward seriously by anyone as far as I know) is that each blog post is a separate publication.’
    • ‘The leaders are less maximalist than their rank and file.’
    • ‘In addition, none of the non-recovering providers in large domiciles expressed concerns consistent with a maximalist logic of action.’
    • ‘Providers linking broad strategic ends with high-cost means adopt what we refer to as maximalist logics of action.’
    • ‘In his maximalist way, he makes the entire universe hinge on it.’
    • ‘From the Canadian perspective, the case for continuation has both a minimalist and a maximalist aspect.’
    • ‘In fact, there's an almost maximalist spectrum of sound, and the album is all the more impressive for creating and maintaining such a specific mood over 16 songs.’
    • ‘He takes a maximalist approach to these songs, always adding more instrumentation where less might do nicely.’
    • ‘But those details will tell us a lot about whether we're pursuing a minimalist or maximalist plan.’
    • ‘They also took a maximalist approach in an installation filled with images of landscape, water, displaced animals, plants and diagrams of the proposed construction.’
    • ‘A glance at the history of negotiations shows that this is a standard tactic: staking out a maximalist position while throwing the other side off balance.’
    • ‘I wanted to make a minimalist and maximalist record at the same time - so I did.’


Early 20th century: from maximal, on the pattern of Russian maksimalist.