Definition of 'reactionary'
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But the only surprise here is in the formulaic plotting and the weirdly reactionary politics. Times, Sunday Times (2007)If anything they are being used by those reactionary forces who oppose him. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Now, villages are suspected of harbouring dangerous reactionary forces. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Whether a social movement is reactionary or revolutionary depends to some extent on one's standpoint. Sociology (1995)We should be on guard against what are, at heart, reactionary views. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This, at the time, was not a reactionary view. IN DEFENCE OF ARISTOCRACY (2004)The grand coalition has been paralysed by the most reactionary elements of Left and Right. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The most reactionary elements - those with the most dangerous messianic schemes - are planning to take over the country. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It is hard to get a hold on him as he flickers between tough and tender, radical and reactionary, liberal and conservative. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Thus the Middle East produced a more bitter and overt clash between reformist and reactionary forces than did any other civilization in the contemporary world. World History: Patterns of Change and Continuity (1995)First of all, they themselves were being besieged by reactionary forces and had an understandable urge to hit back at the Western sponsors of these forces. The Origins of Economic Inequality between Nations: A critique of Western theories on development and underdevelopment (1990)
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Translations for 'reactionary'
British English: reactionary ADJECTIVE
A reactionary person or group tries to prevent changes in the political or social system of their country.
It became clear to everyone that the chairman was too reactionary, too blinkered.
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