Definition of leveler in US English:


(British leveller)


  • 1A person or thing that levels something.

  • 2A member of a group of radical dissenters in the English Civil War (1642–9) who called for the abolition of the monarchy, social and agrarian reforms, and religious freedom.

    • ‘In England there were leaders like Oliver Cromwell with his New Model Army and radical groups like the Levellers.’
    • ‘They elected ‘agitators’ to express their views and radical groups like the Levellers gained huge support within the army.’
    • ‘He relates himself to Milton and the puritan revolution, and the Levellers, and Thomas Paine.’
    • ‘The Levellers developed from a demand for individual freedom of conscience, to demand a comparable political liberty for the individual.’
    • ‘This dissenting tradition reached its zenith during in the English Revolution of the 1640's where the Levellers played a major role in Cromwell's New Model Army, advocating very radical ideas.’
    • ‘These uprisings were ruthlessly suppressed, as were the Levellers in England after the Civil War.’
    • ‘By December 1648 the Levellers dominated London, keeping the more moderate members away by force and threat of force.’
    • ‘It is true that some former Levellers retreated into religious passivity, internalising their revolutionary ideology and seeking a godly republic within.’
    • ‘The Levellers wanted all free-born Englishmen to sign a social contract, an Agreement of the People, and to enjoy full rights of participation in a decentralized, democratic state.’
    • ‘Among his political collaborators were artisans, Levellers, former Cromwellian soldiers and republicans.’
    • ‘He starts with the famous debates that took place in Putney Church in 1647 between the Cromwellian grandees and the radical Levellers.’
    • ‘Benn goes on to say that the founders of the socialist tradition in England were the radical Christian dissenters of the English Revolution (the Levelers and Diggers) who resisted the privatization of communally owned village land.’
    • ‘To gain support for regicide, the Levellers compromised the universality of the commons.’
    • ‘The Levellers broke down organs in churches during the English 17th-century Civil War.’
    • ‘Dissent was a complex religious and intellectual tradition that owes its origins, in part, to the radical elements of the English Civil War such as the Levellers, who argued for greater equality.’
    • ‘When one considers the legitimacy of Parliament, it's ironic that it has largely come about through extra-parliamentary action: the Levellers, the Chartists, the suffragettes, etc.’
    • ‘Waldron recognises Locke's debt to the most plebeian elements of the English revolution and thinks that he is closer to the Levellers than is often supposed.’
    • ‘The Levellers, the strongest of the radical groups, demanded an end to King, Lords and Commons, and rule by Parliament.’
    • ‘Putney offers a tempting target for ‘revisionism’ because of the pervasive association with the Levellers and with democratic and libertarian thought.’
    • ‘This one was associated with various mill owners apparently although many were also part of the series of leftist political grouplets descended from the Levellers and others during the English Civil War.’