Definition of revolutionary in English:

revolutionary

adjective

  • 1Involving or causing a complete or dramatic change.

    ‘a revolutionary new drug’
    • ‘I'd heard that it was a science fiction classic, with revolutionary ideas about free love and community.’
    • ‘Electronic B2B services seem revolutionary, but in fact they are really nothing new.’
    • ‘Through a revolutionary computer mock-up of the development potential tenants can now take a virtual tour of the building.’
    • ‘While a video might not seem revolutionary, the execution was.’
    • ‘That appointment was revolutionary, for never in its more than one hundred years in St Lucia had a native son held the top job.’
    • ‘And they had a more revolutionary idea: They might help patients recover from relapses once they happened.’
    • ‘The reforms that started in 1991, are bringing in more and more revolutionary changes.’
    • ‘Mr Carroll and his colleagues recently spoke of their work at a meeting in London and the revolutionary approach left a huge impression.’
    • ‘And the most revolutionary changes are taking place in the field of education.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Can rap be reformed to become a truly revolutionary cultural movement?’
    • ‘Most farmers are really interested in innovation, but automatic milking might seem too revolutionary.’
    • ‘They started painting outdoors, which itself was considered to be quite revolutionary.’
    • ‘Why are you so convinced that his new work will be so revolutionary?’
    • ‘By focusing on the superficial, they missed what is truly revolutionary about the game.’
    • ‘In fact, he thought, their hostility was often proof of the revolutionary nature of his ideas.’
    • ‘Yoko Ltd manufactures a revolutionary bonnet which is designed to make life more comfortable for premature babies.’
    • ‘Doctors in Britain are set to start trials of a revolutionary treatment for heart disease using stem cells, it emerged yesterday.’
    • ‘Sounds awful touchy-feely, but sometimes the most revolutionary ideas are touchy-feely.’
    thoroughgoing, thorough, complete, total, entire, absolute, utter, comprehensive, exhaustive, sweeping, far-reaching, wide-ranging, extensive, profound
    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
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  • 2Engaged in or promoting political revolution.

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

noun

  • A person who works for or engages in political revolution.

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

revolutionary

/ˌrevəˈlo͞oSHəˌnerē/