Definition of republican in English:



  • 1(of a form of government, constitution, etc.) belonging to or characteristic of a republic.

    ‘a republican government’
    • ‘He never appears to have found the slightest difficulty in serving a republican government.’
    • ‘The decision to situate an emblem of Florentine republican government in their palace could be understood as a sign that the Medici were closely connected to that regime and continued its ideals.’
    • ‘But such official positions would require taking an oath on the republican constitution.’
    • ‘They despise republican institutions and democratic participation.’
    • ‘For Earle, the second republican period represents the Golden Age of the colonial economy.’
    • ‘His visit was facilitated by the ministry of Foreign Affairs on invitation by republican President, Mr Mwanawasa.’
    • ‘This burden threatened to sink the new republican government, indeed the whole democratic experiment.’
    • ‘The loyalists in the front line won't listen to nationalist or republican leaders.’
    • ‘Barry and his comrades were seeking to establish and uphold a republican democracy on this island.’
    • ‘The Founders, so the liberal theory runs, devised the complicated checks and balances of the Constitution in order to overcome the traditional fate of republican self-government.’
    • ‘Throughout Europe, republicanism and republican forms of government have been associated with the emergence of strong business classes.’
    • ‘In 1512 the exiled Medici family was restored to power following eighteen years of republican government.’
    • ‘There are important decisions to be taken on the nationalist / republican side before the impending election.’
    • ‘What empires lavish abroad, they cannot spend on good republican government at home: on hospitals or roads or schools.’
    • ‘The country adopted a republican constitution in 1974, while remaining part of the Commonwealth.’
    • ‘Their God could act providentially, and their religious beliefs helped to shape their faith in republican government and the natural law that, in their view, underlay its principles.’
    • ‘Yes, the U.S. and France were both capitalist economies and republican polities.’
    • ‘For the Earls of Southampton and Essex and for many literate English Protestants, Venice was the model of republican government, the alternative to monarchy for disaffected subjects of Elizabeth.’
    • ‘Mr. Lord goes on to comment: ‘Any true friend of republican government would have to demur; but the case is nevertheless a powerful one.’’
    • ‘Others awarded at the ceremony are first republican president Kenneth Kaunda who received the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the country.’
    elected, representative, parliamentary, popular, of the people, populist
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    1. 1.1 Advocating republican government.
      ‘the republican movement’
      • ‘Tax relief adds to that, the idea that taxation is an affliction, and that's a republican idea.’
      • ‘Gallagher said loyalist and republican prisoners were outraged at constant strip searches.’
      • ‘Blessed in the knowledge that republican dissidents present no realistic alternative, Sinn Fein has embarked on a series of meetings to counsel its traumatised membership.’
      • ‘There was crisis too within the republican movement, as a generation of prisoners was entering a second decade in prison, and a third generation of republican activists since 1969 were becoming involved.’
      • ‘He said they represented a minority opinion not reflected in the wider republican community which, time and again, had endorsed the strategy of the Sinn Fein leadership.’
      • ‘The funds of the republican movement, which is dominated by the Army Council, are available for the broad purposes of the republican movement.’
      • ‘It was only through the acceptance of republican ideas and the rejection of sectarianism and institutionalised religion that the people of Ireland could determine their own destiny.’
      • ‘My part of the republican movement was to argue that becoming a republic was to signal to the world that we are our own men and women.’
      • ‘European republican ideas (leaving aside those of the country's original inhabitants), would have arrived around the time of the First Fleet's 1788 landing at Botany Bay, Sydney.’
      • ‘Faced with the problem of holding the movement together, the republican leadership resorted to a policy of tactical ambiguity.’
      • ‘This was apparently yet another significant setback to the dissident republican cause.’
      • ‘That is the issue for the so-called republican movement to answer clearly.’
      • ‘Courbet's realism was closely allied to the republican and democratic principles of the 1848 Revolution, which gave conservative critics an additional reason for disliking him.’
      • ‘This, the public is told, is due to the assortment of dissident republican groups in the jail.’
      • ‘For all the fierceness of his republican beliefs, he has repeatedly stated his willingness to talk to the killers of his father and brother.’
      • ‘In common with English's book, there is a tendency to personalise the process of internal change within the republican movement.’
      • ‘An articulation of the Green position is needed too, but there is a more pressing need for a republican and, especially, a socialist republican ideology to be given a more public airing.’
      • ‘The 10 men's extraordinary act of selfless courage in dying to assert their political status was in turn to bequeath political status on a resurgent republican movement.’
      • ‘Others were non-committal about the idea of supporting a tribunal into an operation that was once acclaimed within the republican movement.’
      • ‘It is true that republican sentiment is a hardy perennial as well.’
      • ‘The Party's sheer size and inclusiveness made republican sentiments look out of step with Britain's contemporary mood.’
  • 2(in the US) supporting the Republican Party.

    • ‘Seven years ago, 49 Republican senators backed a plan to require a supermajority to pass tax increases.’
    • ‘On monetary and fiscal policy, the Democrats are the classic party of liberal Keynesianism, in contrast to the Republican policy of conservative Keynesianism.’
    • ‘The transition from Republican administrations in the 1980s to Democratic ones in the 1990s caused no substantial change in its content.’
    • ‘This analysis also indicates that the attraction of Republican education policy has underpinned this growth in support.’
    • ‘To illustrate this partisan imbalance, the following table shows the Democratic and Republican parties have fairly evenly divided the popular vote between them since World War II.’
    • ‘He renewed calls for Democrat and Republican leaders to settle disputes over the package.’
    • ‘Liberal Democrats and reliably Republican homebuilders and real estate interests don't want any new rules that would restrain housing, the strongest sector of the economy.’
    • ‘Earlier in the day a delegation of Republican senators had called on Nixon and told him that the game was up.’
    • ‘One explanation might be that investors in stocks have poor expectations of Democratic administrations and heightened expectations of Republican administrations.’
    • ‘As the 1998 midterm elections approached, Republican lawmakers had no desire to alienate the conservatives who formed their core constituency.’
    • ‘These Republican governors are supported by same party control of both chambers of the legislature in four of the states, and of one legislative chamber in a further seven states.’
    • ‘Years later, amid Cold War tensions, Democratic President John F. Kennedy chose Republican Douglas Dillon as Treasury Secretary.’
    • ‘You're already hearing, also, concerns about the fact that he never vetoes any Democratic or even some of the more expensive Republican proposals in Congress.’
    • ‘The Republican push to privatize, or ‘fix,’ social security is sure to become an issue on the legislative agenda during the next four years.’
    • ‘The representation of Latinos in both the Democratic and Republican parties is also increasing, and both parties are paying close attention to the Latino vote.’
    • ‘So why do we make such a fuss over the Democratic and Republican conventions?’
    • ‘Publicly, the embattled House Majority Leader enjoys the near-unanimous support of Republican lawmakers.’
    • ‘She is a black woman in a world dominated by aging white men and she is a Republican conservative from a traditionally liberal Democrat background.’
    • ‘However, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill is a strong advocate of a balanced budget, which he fought for in previous Republican administrations.’
    • ‘The warnings came as divisions intensified between Democratic and Republican lawmakers and as a new statewide poll showed little public support for sweeping tax increases.’
    right-wing, reactionary, traditionalist, unprogressive, establishmentarian, blimpish
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  • 1An advocate of republican government.

    ‘in the old days, the argument between radical-reform monarchists and the straight republicans was academic’
    • ‘You can also imagine the friends, the republicans, because it was not just artists that came but those that really wanted to shape the future.’
    • ‘Over the course of this comparison, it will also become clear that because Milton differs from the republicans on this issue, he also differs from them on other major issues.’
    • ‘Third, the monarchists did not win the November 6 referendum: the republicans lost it.’
    • ‘This position was anathema to traditional republicans, since it postulated that reform of the State was possible.’
  • 2(in the US) a member or supporter of the Republican Party.

    • ‘Deficits and the public debt have piled up mountainously since then, and few people care, least of all conservative Republicans.’
    • ‘Among the greatest of the Southern republicans was John Randolph of Roanoke - the aristocratic libertarian.’
    • ‘Neal says he believes more than 300 members of the House will support his bill if Republicans allow it to reach the floor.’
    • ‘Initially, the White House shared the terms with only a few members of Congress, mostly friendly Republicans.’
    • ‘How did Republicans defuse an issue that looked like political dynamite?’
    • ‘But in 1998 the Republicans decided that the United States should not be subject to these provisions.’
    • ‘Candidates are then chosen in primaries dominated by core left-wing Democrats or right-wing Republicans.’
    • ‘Probably no union leader can boast the support of more high-profile Republicans than Mr. Miller.’
    • ‘It's also true that a lot of conservative Republicans are big opponents for the war on drugs for the reasons that you mentioned.’
    • ‘Now congressional Republicans are putting together a bill supporting his ideas.’
    • ‘The Bush administration and Republicans support the consumer-driven health care plans, McArdle said.’
    • ‘He persists in the view that it does not matter whether a Democrat or a Republican sits in the White House.’
    • ‘Financiers aren't used to such rough treatment from conservative Republicans.’
    • ‘Even conservative Republicans are growing antsy at the new spending and the return of dreaded deficits.’
    • ‘The general came home, relieved of duty, and became an icon of right-wing Republicans.’
    • ‘It's full of ideas that made a lot of Democrats mad, and some Republicans, too.’
    • ‘It received widespread support, from Republicans as well as Democrats.’
    • ‘I am a registered Republican, but I consider myself a Libertarian.’
    • ‘He is a conservative Republican who backs a flat tax, pushes for regulatory relief, and favors curbs on immigration.’
    • ‘On the whole, conservative Republicans have been more willing than liberal Democrats to criticise the war on marijuana.’
    right-winger, reactionary, rightist, diehard
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  • 3An advocate of a united Ireland.

    • ‘However, Ruane believes most nationalists and republicans will vote with their heads on Wednesday.’
    • ‘This view holds that the British government found itself trying to keep the peace between militant republicans and their loyalist counterparts.’
    • ‘Reconciliation, as Porter sees it, puts republicans and unionists centre stage.’
    • ‘He said that Trimble had been ‘hung out to dry’ by republicans.’
    • ‘His voting record is full of examples of when he strayed from party political orthodoxy and voted with Republicans on issues that he cares about.’
    • ‘In Ulster the insurgents were mainly Presbyterians in religion and Republicans in politics.’
    • ‘Pressure on republicans to demonstrate their embracing of the democratic path can be applied by the Dublin government.’
    • ‘Sinn Féin has a strong and deeply rooted vote among traditional rural and working class republicans in the North.’
    • ‘He was one of the best-known republicans in Munster.’
    • ‘A dramatic surge in support for Sinn Fein pushed the republicans ahead of the SDLP for the first time.’
    • ‘Bradley had called on Catholics to face down dissident republicans over the threats.’
    • ‘He cited the support of three Republicans, all of whom denied that they had offered anything of the sort.’
    • ‘Laudable too are the recent measures by republicans aimed at reassuring unionists that the war really is over.’
    • ‘Unionists and republicans both concede that Orde's appointment was a political one.’
    • ‘In the past, it has also been accused of involvement in a shoot-to-kill policy against republicans and in loyalist attacks on nationalists.’
    • ‘The government's long-term goal is to establish a series of bilateral talks involving republicans and unionists.’
    • ‘The seven men were arrested after a Garda surveillance operation on suspected dissident republicans in the Limerick area, the court heard.’
    • ‘He wants to open up the public's mind to what republicans want, and believes this is his chance to get the unionist population to listen.’
    • ‘Likewise, there is no place in the new government for republicans or loyalists before full paramilitary decommissioning by both sides.’
    • ‘The Ulster Defence Association has recently hinted that it may be prepared to attack dissident republicans.’