Definition of revolutionary in English:

revolutionary

adjective

  • 1Involving or causing a complete or dramatic change:

    ‘a revolutionary new drug’
    • ‘Most farmers are really interested in innovation, but automatic milking might seem too revolutionary.’
    • ‘Through a revolutionary computer mock-up of the development potential tenants can now take a virtual tour of the building.’
    • ‘Later, after the move to London, the revolutionary changes in publishing technology, there was no longer any such cause.’
    • ‘I think it's going to be quite revolutionary in the corporate world.’
    • ‘I'd heard that it was a science fiction classic, with revolutionary ideas about free love and community.’
    • ‘Why are you so convinced that his new work will be so revolutionary?’
    • ‘They started painting outdoors, which itself was considered to be quite revolutionary.’
    • ‘That appointment was revolutionary, for never in its more than one hundred years in St Lucia had a native son held the top job.’
    • ‘By focusing on the superficial, they missed what is truly revolutionary about the game.’
    • ‘Mr Carroll and his colleagues recently spoke of their work at a meeting in London and the revolutionary approach left a huge impression.’
    • ‘Can rap be reformed to become a truly revolutionary cultural movement?’
    • ‘Sounds awful touchy-feely, but sometimes the most revolutionary ideas are touchy-feely.’
    • ‘Doctors in Britain are set to start trials of a revolutionary treatment for heart disease using stem cells, it emerged yesterday.’
    • ‘In fact, he thought, their hostility was often proof of the revolutionary nature of his ideas.’
    • ‘The reforms that started in 1991, are bringing in more and more revolutionary changes.’
    • ‘Yoko Ltd manufactures a revolutionary bonnet which is designed to make life more comfortable for premature babies.’
    • ‘Electronic B2B services seem revolutionary, but in fact they are really nothing new.’
    • ‘And the most revolutionary changes are taking place in the field of education.’
    • ‘And they had a more revolutionary idea: They might help patients recover from relapses once they happened.’
    • ‘While a video might not seem revolutionary, the execution was.’
    new, novel, original, unusual, unfamiliar, unconventional, unorthodox, off-centre, different, fresh, imaginative, creative, innovative, innovatory, innovational, inventive, ingenious, modern, ultra-modern, state-of-the-art, advanced, avant-garde, futuristic, pioneering, groundbreaking, trailblazing, disruptive
    thoroughgoing, thorough, complete, total, entire, absolute, utter, comprehensive, exhaustive, sweeping, far-reaching, wide-ranging, extensive, profound
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  • 2Engaged in or promoting political revolution:

    ‘the revolutionary army’
    • ‘He became a political activist in the mid-1950s when revolutionary socialism faced a double challenge.’
    • ‘Later the revolutionary government concurred and the place was razed.’
    • ‘Will new wars result or new revolutionary movements?’
    • ‘From the beginning of the wars he had been puzzling over the performance of the French revolutionary armies.’
    • ‘Two hundred years ago, revolutionary fervour burnt this church to the ground.’
    • ‘He became a revolutionary socialist when he was a young journalist working on Scotland's Daily Record.’
    • ‘Radical coups introduce potentially revolutionary changes into society and place members of the armed forces into positions of unquestioned control.’
    • ‘He warns that revolutionary struggle is difficult, but that winning is ‘the hardest of all’.’
    • ‘Even revolutionary politics may be articulated in terms of constitutional categories.’
    • ‘Both forces styled themselves as revolutionary armies on the Soviet model.’
    • ‘In fact, they were acting not as revolutionary socialists but as mere trade unionists.’
    • ‘Wilson made his address primarily in response to the revolutionary upheaval in Russia.’
    • ‘Last but not least was the fact that the revolutionary movements were isolated internationally.’
    • ‘She finally leaves her family to join a revolutionary theatre group.’
    • ‘The idea of embarking upon yet more revolutionary upheaval seemed anathema.’
    • ‘Calle San Sebastian still heaves, though the revolutionary fervour seems to have evaporated.’
    • ‘Epidemic smallpox surfaced first in Boston, that hotbed of revolutionary fervor.’
    • ‘Within the class, only the ‘alienated’ worker is truly revolutionary.’
    • ‘Brion was by no means the only pundit predicting some form of revolutionary upheaval.’
    • ‘A wave of revolutionary fervour swept across Europe affecting the Fife coalfields powerfully.’
    rebellious, rebel, insurgent, rioting, mutinous, mutinying, renegade, insurrectionary, seditious, factious, insubordinate, subversive
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    1. 2.1 Relating to a particular revolution, especially the War of American Independence.
      • ‘On republicanism, consult Gordon Wood's ‘The Radicalism of the American Revolution; Richard Buel, Dear Liberty: Connecticut's Mobilization for the Revolutionary War.’’
      • ‘The Creeks supported the British in the American Revolutionary War.’
      • ‘There was Lighthouse Harry of Revolutionary fame and a Harry Appelbaum who lived on the corner of 93rd Street and Lexington Avenue.’
      • ‘It is an excellent account of the critical Revolutionary War battle for New York.’
      • ‘But Hamilton was also a Revolutionary War hero, George Washington's chief of staff, an author of the Federalist Papers and a Treasury secretary who created many of the financial and economic systems that survive today.’
      • ‘George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Paul Revere were among the prominent American Masons of the Revolutionary Era.’
      • ‘Named for Lenny Zakim, a local, beloved civil rights leader, and the nearby Bunker Hill Monument, which commemorates a Revolutionary War battle, the bridge incorporates elements of the monument in its design.’
      • ‘This takes into account the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Korean War and Vietnam.’
      • ‘Basset hounds were known in the United States since Revolutionary times.’
      • ‘The Dutch United Provinces supported the Americans in the Revolutionary War.’

noun

  • A person who advocates or engages in political revolution.

    • ‘The rhetoric and actions of these wanna-be revolutionaries are interesting, though.’
    • ‘However, even if you can't pull a sickie, the armchair revolutionaries say you can still sabotage your company.’
    • ‘My class on the Revolutionary just studied Thomas Paine's Common Sense.’
    • ‘The revolutionaries thus occupied as much as created a political vacuum, which they sought to fill with a new order.’
    • ‘He was a revolutionary and like all successful revolutionaries he worked from within.’
    • ‘Together with other revolutionaries in Romania, they started writing poems.’
    • ‘Among the young revolutionaries of St Petersburg Lenin was aptly known as ‘the Old Man’.’
    • ‘Two thousand years ago, Christians were the modernizing force, the revolutionaries.’
    • ‘The acts of violence by these revolutionaries were countered by excesses committed by the police.’
    • ‘They like to believe that we're all revolutionaries living in the mountains, like Fidel and Che.’
    • ‘A Shia victory puts the prize in overtly enemy hands-the Iranian revolutionaries.’
    • ‘It unites clerics and revolutionaries, monks and social reformers.’
    • ‘I recently spoke to some old revolutionaries who are against President Jiang's proposal.’
    • ‘The revolutionaries are the prophets and martyrs of social and political change.’
    • ‘Ceasescu and his wife, Elena, were captured by the revolutionaries, tried and executed on Christmas Day.’
    • ‘Quite how this fits in with the activists' description of themselves as Marxists or revolutionaries still eludes me.’
    • ‘They would act like any revolutionary vanguard, as Lenin or indeed the French revolutionaries had imagined.’
    • ‘Many are produced by revolutionaries who grew up not in Iran but in Europe and North America.’
    • ‘But like many e-commerce revolutionaries, McGuire has his finger in a number of pies.’
    • ‘At a conference in Algiers, he had just denounced the Soviet Union for failing revolutionaries across the globe.’
    rebel, insurgent, revolutionist, bolshevik, mutineer, insurrectionary, agitator, subversive, guerrilla, anarchist
    freedom fighter, resistance fighter
    insurrectionist
    frondeur
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Pronunciation

revolutionary

/rɛvəˈluːʃ(ə)n(ə)ri/