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re·ac·tion·ar·y

 (rē-ăk′shə-nĕr′ē)
adj.
Characterized by reaction, especially opposition to progress or liberalism; extremely conservative: The principal is very reactionary; she wants the school to stay the way it has been for the last 50 years.
n. pl. re·ac·tion·ar·ies
An opponent of progress or liberalism; an extreme conservative.
Usage Note: Reactionary means "characterized by reaction, especially opposition to progress or liberalism; extremely conservative." Sometimes reactionary is used to mean "tending to overreact; very reactive," but that sense is widely viewed as a mistake. In 2012, 86 percent of the Usage Panel found the sentence The principal is very reactionary; she responds to every little crisis by calling an emergency meeting to be unacceptable.
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reactionary

(rɪˈækʃənərɪ; -ʃənrɪ) or

reactionist

adj
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, relating to, or characterized by reaction, esp against radical political or social change
n, pl -aries or -ists
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Also: reactionarist a person opposed to radical change
reˈactionism n
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re•ac•tion•ar•y

(riˈæk ʃəˌnɛr i)

adj., n., pl. -ar•ies. adj.
1. pertaining to, marked by, or favoring reaction, esp. in politics; extremely conservative.
n.
2. a reactionary person.
Sometimes, re•ac′tion•ist.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reactionary - an extreme conservativereactionary - an extreme conservative; an opponent of progress or liberalism
Bourbon - a reactionary politician in the United States (usually from the South)
Blimp, Colonel Blimp - any elderly pompous reactionary ultranationalistic person (after the cartoon character created by Sir David Low)
conservative, conservativist - a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
Adj.1.reactionary - extremely conservative
right - of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
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reactionary

adjective
noun
adjective & noun conservative radical, socialist, revolutionary, progressive, leftist, reformist
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reactionary

adjective
1. Vehemently, often fanatically opposing progress or reform:
2. Clinging to obsolete ideas:
noun
A person who vehemently, often fanatically opposes progress and favors return to a previous condition:
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Translations
رَجْعي
reakcionář
reaktionær
reakciós
afturhaldssamur maîur
reakcionárreakcionársky

reactionary

[riːˈækʃənrɪ]
A. ADJreaccionario
B. Nreaccionario/a m/f
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reactionary

[riˈækʃənəri]
nréactionnaire mfreaction time ntemps m de réaction
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reactionary

, reactionist
adjreaktionär
nReaktionär(in) m(f)
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reactionary

[riːˈækʃnrɪ] adj & nreazionario/a
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react

(riˈӕkt) verb
1. to behave in a certain way as a result of something. How did he react when you called him a fool?; He reacted angrily to the criticism; Hydrogen reacts with oxygen to form water.
2. (with against) to behave or act in a certain way in order to show rejection of. Young people tend to react against their parents.
3. (with to) to be affected, usually badly, by (a drug etc). I react very badly to penicillin.
reˈaction (-ʃən) noun
1. the act of reacting. What was his reaction to your remarks?; I get a bad reaction from penicillin; I'd like to ask you for your reactions to these suggestions.
2. a change of opinions, feelings etc (usually against someone or something). The new government was popular at first, but then a reaction began.
3. a process of change which occurs when two or more substances are put together. (a) nuclear reaction; a chemical reaction between iron and acid.
reˈactionary (-ʃə-) adjective, noun
(plural reˈactionaries) (a person) opposed to change and progress or favouring a return to things as they were.
reˈactor noun
(also nuclear reactor) an apparatus in which nuclear energy is produced which can be used as a source of power, eg when converted into electricity.
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