Definition of revisionist in English:



  • 1A supporter of a policy of revision or modification.

    ‘the revisionists who sought to replace it were long denied’
    • ‘We'll plan on fighting the revisionists all the way.’
    • ‘To the revisionists, the novelty of the 'new' police was neither efficiency nor integrity.’
    • ‘It has nothing whatsoever to do with celebrating the mastering of anyone else, contrary to popular revisionists' belief.’
    • ‘His 1956 publication was the leading inspiration to revisionists in the Labour Party.’
    • ‘The libertarian revisionists do not maintain this thesis.’
    • ‘The revisionists in his country are in essence reactionaries, and clearly he gave them something to react against.’
    • ‘For both conservatives and revisionists, revolutionary violence cannot be blamed on the revolution's opponents.’
    • ‘A few of the revisionists were almost pro-Nazi in their outlook.’
    • ‘Throughout the century, revisionists were continually accused of being tools or sympathizers of the kaiser.’
    • ‘The working-class resistance which revisionists admiringly celebrated was nonetheless doomed to romantic failure.’
    1. 1.1 A person with a revised attitude to a previously accepted situation or point of view.
      ‘revisionists have argued that the battle was crucial’
      • ‘Revisionists have suggested that the admiral's dying words were actually "Kismet, Hardy."’
      • ‘The author highlights the revisionists' almost wilful ignoring of long-established archaeological and textual data.’
      • ‘Revisionists stubbornly dismiss as fictitious most historical aspects of the Bible.’
      • ‘We are a nation of historical revisionists.’
      • ‘The revisionists use the absence of evidence to bolster their claims.’
      • ‘How do you frame the story historically without becoming a revisionist?’
      • ‘These fundamentalists want to be known as traditionalists, while they are actually revisionists with no historical backing or facts.’
      • ‘He has few kind words for the revisionists—including the crooner's oldest son—who portrayed his father as distant and cold.’
      • ‘Many of the revisionists want to replace her angel image with another female archetype, the harridan.’
      • ‘With revisionists everywhere, in a world of short memories, someone needs to be out there beating the drum.’


  • 1Advocating a policy of revision or modification.

    ‘a radically revisionist republican strategy’
    • ‘It preferred a revisionist policy that would appeal to a larger section of the population.’
    • ‘Their underlying idea is no different than that promoted by revisionist governments around the world.’
    • ‘It has endorsed all of the fundamental tenets of the president's revisionist approach to foreign policy.’
    • ‘The prevailing tendencies of our literature after independence tended toward revisionist politics.’
    • ‘It's the most infuriating part of the novel, which indeed rises to the level of revisionist propaganda.’
    • ‘The revisionist party that has emerged has even allowed its general secretary to enter the puppet government.’
    • ‘He analyses how self-loathing is essential to their revisionist belief.’
    • ‘He manages to avoid the revisionist, anti-establishment, overwhelmingly negative posturing.’
    • ‘For all its complexity, the revisionist programme is best understood as affirming the fruitfulness of critical reflection.’
    • ‘One sees here yet another variant of the revisionist tactics of pitting the old against the new.’
    1. 1.1 Promoting a revised attitude to a previously accepted situation or point of view.
      ‘he is unimpressed by the arguments of revisionist historians’
      ‘a revisionist view of the media's role in politics’
      • ‘Such large-scale shows and the well-researched, revisionist art history that accompanies them have become a standard here.’
      • ‘Despite its revisionist delusions, it offers very little that's new to the genre as a whole.’
      • ‘It's a sparkling presentation of the film-maker's latest attempt at revisionist history.’
      • ‘Each of these is based on some subtly revisionist imagining of history that ring as falsely as Spielberg's film.’
      • ‘It could be argued that the earlier, revisionist westerns act as precursors of the postmodern westerns we see today.’
      • ‘It is rightly revisionist in its interpretation of things like the supposedly expressed construction of the Turbine Hall.’
      • ‘The exhibit offers a revisionist view of the state and its cultural legacy.’
      • ‘Rather than attempt a revisionist reworking of the novel's themes, he has provided a reasonably straight adaptation.’
      • ‘Her revisionist agenda is to demonstrate that the shift of the center of the art market from Paris to New York predates World War II by one war.’
      • ‘It's a little bit revisionist for some people in terms of the whitewashing of this historical character.’