Definition of republican in English:



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

    ‘a republican government’
    • ‘There are important decisions to be taken on the nationalist / republican side before the impending election.’
    • ‘In 1512 the exiled Medici family was restored to power following eighteen years of republican government.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Throughout Europe, republicanism and republican forms of government have been associated with the emergence of strong business classes.’
    • ‘The country adopted a republican constitution in 1974, while remaining part of the Commonwealth.’
    • ‘What empires lavish abroad, they cannot spend on good republican government at home: on hospitals or roads or schools.’
    • ‘They despise republican institutions and democratic participation.’
    • ‘This burden threatened to sink the new republican government, indeed the whole democratic experiment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But such official positions would require taking an oath on the republican constitution.’
    • ‘For Earle, the second republican period represents the Golden Age of the colonial economy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He never appears to have found the slightest difficulty in serving a republican government.’
    • ‘Others awarded at the ceremony are first republican president Kenneth Kaunda who received the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the country.’
    • ‘Mr. Lord goes on to comment: ‘Any true friend of republican government would have to demur; but the case is nevertheless a powerful one.’’
    • ‘Yes, the U.S. and France were both capitalist economies and republican polities.’
    • ‘Barry and his comrades were seeking to establish and uphold a republican democracy on this island.’
    • ‘The loyalists in the front line won't listen to nationalist or republican leaders.’
    • ‘His visit was facilitated by the ministry of Foreign Affairs on invitation by republican President, Mr Mwanawasa.’
    • ‘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.’
    elected, representative, parliamentary, popular, of the people, populist
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    1. 1.1 Advocating republican government.
      ‘the republican movement’
      • ‘For all the fierceness of his republican beliefs, he has repeatedly stated his willingness to talk to the killers of his father and brother.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This, the public is told, is due to the assortment of dissident republican groups in the jail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gallagher said loyalist and republican prisoners were outraged at constant strip searches.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The funds of the republican movement, which is dominated by the Army Council, are available for the broad purposes of the republican movement.’
      • ‘Faced with the problem of holding the movement together, the republican leadership resorted to a policy of tactical ambiguity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Others were non-committal about the idea of supporting a tribunal into an operation that was once acclaimed within the republican movement.’
      • ‘The Party's sheer size and inclusiveness made republican sentiments look out of step with Britain's contemporary mood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This was apparently yet another significant setback to the dissident republican cause.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That is the issue for the so-called republican movement to answer clearly.’
      • ‘In common with English's book, there is a tendency to personalise the process of internal change within the republican movement.’
      • ‘Tax relief adds to that, the idea that taxation is an affliction, and that's a republican idea.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is true that republican sentiment is a hardy perennial as well.’
  • 2(in the US) supporting the Republican Party.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill is a strong advocate of a balanced budget, which he fought for in previous Republican administrations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Years later, amid Cold War tensions, Democratic President John F. Kennedy chose Republican Douglas Dillon as Treasury Secretary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seven years ago, 49 Republican senators backed a plan to require a supermajority to pass tax increases.’
    • ‘This analysis also indicates that the attraction of Republican education policy has underpinned this growth in support.’
    • ‘One explanation might be that investors in stocks have poor expectations of Democratic administrations and heightened expectations of Republican administrations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Publicly, the embattled House Majority Leader enjoys the near-unanimous support of Republican lawmakers.’
    • ‘As the 1998 midterm elections approached, Republican lawmakers had no desire to alienate the conservatives who formed their core constituency.’
    • ‘The Republican push to privatize, or ‘fix,’ social security is sure to become an issue on the legislative agenda during the next four years.’
    • ‘He renewed calls for Democrat and Republican leaders to settle disputes over the package.’
    • ‘The transition from Republican administrations in the 1980s to Democratic ones in the 1990s caused no substantial change in its content.’
    • ‘On monetary and fiscal policy, the Democrats are the classic party of liberal Keynesianism, in contrast to the Republican policy of conservative Keynesianism.’
    • ‘Earlier in the day a delegation of Republican senators had called on Nixon and told him that the game was up.’
    • ‘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?’
    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’
    • ‘This position was anathema to traditional republicans, since it postulated that reform of the State was possible.’
    • ‘Third, the monarchists did not win the November 6 referendum: the republicans lost it.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2(in the US) a member or supporter of the Republican Party.

    • ‘Neal says he believes more than 300 members of the House will support his bill if Republicans allow it to reach the floor.’
    • ‘Deficits and the public debt have piled up mountainously since then, and few people care, least of all conservative 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.’
    • ‘It received widespread support, from Republicans as well as Democrats.’
    • ‘I am a registered Republican, but I consider myself a Libertarian.’
    • ‘The general came home, relieved of duty, and became an icon of right-wing Republicans.’
    • ‘On the whole, conservative Republicans have been more willing than liberal Democrats to criticise the war on marijuana.’
    • ‘Among the greatest of the Southern republicans was John Randolph of Roanoke - the aristocratic libertarian.’
    • ‘Initially, the White House shared the terms with only a few members of Congress, mostly friendly Republicans.’
    • ‘Candidates are then chosen in primaries dominated by core left-wing Democrats or right-wing Republicans.’
    • ‘He is a conservative Republican who backs a flat tax, pushes for regulatory relief, and favors curbs on immigration.’
    • ‘It's full of ideas that made a lot of Democrats mad, and some Republicans, too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now congressional Republicans are putting together a bill supporting his ideas.’
    • ‘How did Republicans defuse an issue that looked like political dynamite?’
    • ‘Even conservative Republicans are growing antsy at the new spending and the return of dreaded deficits.’
    • ‘But in 1998 the Republicans decided that the United States should not be subject to these provisions.’
    • ‘Financiers aren't used to such rough treatment from conservative Republicans.’
    right-winger, reactionary, rightist, diehard
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  • 3An advocate of a united Ireland.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the past, it has also been accused of involvement in a shoot-to-kill policy against republicans and in loyalist attacks on nationalists.’
    • ‘He cited the support of three Republicans, all of whom denied that they had offered anything of the sort.’
    • ‘Bradley had called on Catholics to face down dissident republicans over the threats.’
    • ‘He said that Trimble had been ‘hung out to dry’ by republicans.’
    • ‘Sinn Féin has a strong and deeply rooted vote among traditional rural and working class republicans in the North.’
    • ‘A dramatic surge in support for Sinn Fein pushed the republicans ahead of the SDLP for the first time.’
    • ‘Pressure on republicans to demonstrate their embracing of the democratic path can be applied by the Dublin government.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was one of the best-known republicans in Munster.’
    • ‘This view holds that the British government found itself trying to keep the peace between militant republicans and their loyalist counterparts.’
    • ‘The government's long-term goal is to establish a series of bilateral talks involving republicans and unionists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, Ruane believes most nationalists and republicans will vote with their heads on Wednesday.’
    • ‘Unionists and republicans both concede that Orde's appointment was a political one.’
    • ‘The seven men were arrested after a Garda surveillance operation on suspected dissident republicans in the Limerick area, the court heard.’
    • ‘In Ulster the insurgents were mainly Presbyterians in religion and Republicans in politics.’
    • ‘Reconciliation, as Porter sees it, puts republicans and unionists centre stage.’
    • ‘Laudable too are the recent measures by republicans aimed at reassuring unionists that the war really is over.’