One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
That supports or advocates a sudden change in the structure and nature of society in accordance with the principles of socialism; specifically (with capital initials) of, relating to, or designating any of various political parties or movements that advocate this, especially a Russian political party active in the early 20th cent.
With capital initials. A member of the Russian Socialist Revolutionary party, active in the early 20th cent. Now historical.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From socialist + revolutionary. In use as noun after Russian socialist-revoljucioner, noun. Compare French socialiste-révolutionnaire, noun.
socialist revolutionary/ˌsəʊʃ(ə)lɪst ˌrɛvəˈl(j)uːʃ(ə)n(ə)ri//ˌsəʊʃəlɪst ˌrɛvəˈl(j)uːʃ(ə)n(ə)ri/
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