One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An advocate or supporter of a policy of (typically military) retreat.
2Sociology. A person who is subject to or governed by retreatism.
1Characterized by the advocacy of (typically military) retreat; of the nature of a retreatist.
2Sociology. Characterized or influenced by retreatism; characteristic of a retreatist.
1920s. From retreat + -ist. Compare retreatism.
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