Definition of republican in English:

republican

adjective

  • 1(of a form of government, constitution, etc.) belonging to, or characteristic of a republic.

    • ‘Mr. Lord goes on to comment: ‘Any true friend of republican government would have to demur; but the case is nevertheless a powerful one.’’
    • ‘What empires lavish abroad, they cannot spend on good republican government at home: on hospitals or roads or schools.’
    • ‘The Founders, so the liberal theory runs, devised the complicated checks and balances of the Constitution in order to overcome the traditional fate of republican self-government.’
    • ‘His visit was facilitated by the ministry of Foreign Affairs on invitation by republican President, Mr Mwanawasa.’
    • ‘There are important decisions to be taken on the nationalist / republican side before the impending election.’
    • ‘For Earle, the second republican period represents the Golden Age of the colonial economy.’
    • ‘Yes, the U.S. and France were both capitalist economies and republican polities.’
    • ‘Throughout Europe, republicanism and republican forms of government have been associated with the emergence of strong business classes.’
    • ‘He never appears to have found the slightest difficulty in serving a republican government.’
    • ‘Barry and his comrades were seeking to establish and uphold a republican democracy on this island.’
    • ‘They despise republican institutions and democratic participation.’
    • ‘The country adopted a republican constitution in 1974, while remaining part of the Commonwealth.’
    • ‘The loyalists in the front line won't listen to nationalist or republican leaders.’
    • ‘But such official positions would require taking an oath on the republican constitution.’
    • ‘In 1512 the exiled Medici family was restored to power following eighteen years of republican government.’
    • ‘Their God could act providentially, and their religious beliefs helped to shape their faith in republican government and the natural law that, in their view, underlay its principles.’
    • ‘The decision to situate an emblem of Florentine republican government in their palace could be understood as a sign that the Medici were closely connected to that regime and continued its ideals.’
    • ‘This burden threatened to sink the new republican government, indeed the whole democratic experiment.’
    • ‘Others awarded at the ceremony are first republican president Kenneth Kaunda who received the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the country.’
    • ‘For the Earls of Southampton and Essex and for many literate English Protestants, Venice was the model of republican government, the alternative to monarchy for disaffected subjects of Elizabeth.’
    elected, representative, parliamentary, popular, of the people, populist
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    1. 1.1 Advocating or supporting republican government.
      ‘the republican movement’
      • ‘Courbet's realism was closely allied to the republican and democratic principles of the 1848 Revolution, which gave conservative critics an additional reason for disliking him.’
      • ‘That is the issue for the so-called republican movement to answer clearly.’
      • ‘Faced with the problem of holding the movement together, the republican leadership resorted to a policy of tactical ambiguity.’
      • ‘European republican ideas (leaving aside those of the country's original inhabitants), would have arrived around the time of the First Fleet's 1788 landing at Botany Bay, Sydney.’
      • ‘The Party's sheer size and inclusiveness made republican sentiments look out of step with Britain's contemporary mood.’
      • ‘In common with English's book, there is a tendency to personalise the process of internal change within the republican movement.’
      • ‘The 10 men's extraordinary act of selfless courage in dying to assert their political status was in turn to bequeath political status on a resurgent republican movement.’
      • ‘This was apparently yet another significant setback to the dissident republican cause.’
      • ‘Gallagher said loyalist and republican prisoners were outraged at constant strip searches.’
      • ‘It is true that republican sentiment is a hardy perennial as well.’
      • ‘He said they represented a minority opinion not reflected in the wider republican community which, time and again, had endorsed the strategy of the Sinn Fein leadership.’
      • ‘There was crisis too within the republican movement, as a generation of prisoners was entering a second decade in prison, and a third generation of republican activists since 1969 were becoming involved.’
      • ‘Others were non-committal about the idea of supporting a tribunal into an operation that was once acclaimed within the republican movement.’
      • ‘My part of the republican movement was to argue that becoming a republic was to signal to the world that we are our own men and women.’
      • ‘Tax relief adds to that, the idea that taxation is an affliction, and that's a republican idea.’
      • ‘This, the public is told, is due to the assortment of dissident republican groups in the jail.’
      • ‘An articulation of the Green position is needed too, but there is a more pressing need for a republican and, especially, a socialist republican ideology to be given a more public airing.’
      • ‘The funds of the republican movement, which is dominated by the Army Council, are available for the broad purposes of the republican movement.’
      • ‘Blessed in the knowledge that republican dissidents present no realistic alternative, Sinn Fein has embarked on a series of meetings to counsel its traumatised membership.’
      • ‘For all the fierceness of his republican beliefs, he has repeatedly stated his willingness to talk to the killers of his father and brother.’
      • ‘It was only through the acceptance of republican ideas and the rejection of sectarianism and institutionalised religion that the people of Ireland could determine their own destiny.’

noun

  • 1A person advocating or supporting republican government.

    • ‘You can also imagine the friends, the republicans, because it was not just artists that came but those that really wanted to shape the future.’
    • ‘Third, the monarchists did not win the November 6 referendum: the republicans lost it.’
    • ‘This position was anathema to traditional republicans, since it postulated that reform of the State was possible.’
    • ‘Over the course of this comparison, it will also become clear that because Milton differs from the republicans on this issue, he also differs from them on other major issues.’
  • 2A member or supporter of the Republican Party.

    • ‘Initially, the White House shared the terms with only a few members of Congress, mostly friendly Republicans.’
    • ‘The general came home, relieved of duty, and became an icon of right-wing Republicans.’
    • ‘He persists in the view that it does not matter whether a Democrat or a Republican sits in the White House.’
    • ‘Financiers aren't used to such rough treatment from conservative Republicans.’
    • ‘Among the greatest of the Southern republicans was John Randolph of Roanoke - the aristocratic libertarian.’
    • ‘How did Republicans defuse an issue that looked like political dynamite?’
    • ‘Deficits and the public debt have piled up mountainously since then, and few people care, least of all conservative Republicans.’
    • ‘Now congressional Republicans are putting together a bill supporting his ideas.’
    • ‘The Bush administration and Republicans support the consumer-driven health care plans, McArdle said.’
    • ‘Even conservative Republicans are growing antsy at the new spending and the return of dreaded deficits.’
    • ‘On the whole, conservative Republicans have been more willing than liberal Democrats to criticise the war on marijuana.’
    • ‘Probably no union leader can boast the support of more high-profile Republicans than Mr. Miller.’
    • ‘Candidates are then chosen in primaries dominated by core left-wing Democrats or right-wing Republicans.’
    • ‘I am a registered Republican, but I consider myself a Libertarian.’
    • ‘It's also true that a lot of conservative Republicans are big opponents for the war on drugs for the reasons that you mentioned.’
    • ‘Neal says he believes more than 300 members of the House will support his bill if Republicans allow it to reach the floor.’
    • ‘It received widespread support, from Republicans as well as Democrats.’
    • ‘It's full of ideas that made a lot of Democrats mad, and some Republicans, too.’
    • ‘But in 1998 the Republicans decided that the United States should not be subject to these provisions.’
    • ‘He is a conservative Republican who backs a flat tax, pushes for regulatory relief, and favors curbs on immigration.’
    right-winger, reactionary, rightist, diehard
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Pronunciation

republican

/rəˈpəbləkən//rəˈpəbləkən/