One who believes in or advocates destruction, especially of existing social institutions.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who believes in destruction, esp of social institutions
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(dɪˈstrʌk ʃə nɪst)

an advocate of the destruction of an existing political institution or the like.
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Two recent announcements (1-4) in particular are what I consider to be "constructive destructionist" (5) in nature and if successful, could have a lasting impact and game changing influence on the pharma landscape.
In this sense, the next section illustrates how social bricolage may be interpreted using a destructionist approach.
This was part of the destructionist view he held on reading history.
But, in these letters, I shall let you see that I am neither Whig, Tory, Radical, nor Destructionist, but merely a sincere lover of his country, and an admirer of his countrymen, with all their ridiculous extravagancies.
The historical problem, however, is why it was that German antisemitism, rather than that of any other society, produced the movement and the means for physically implementing the "destructionist" mentality.
Branding Kawamura a ''destructionist,'' Yoshiro Watanabe, an executive of the LDP's Aichi prefectural chapter, said the controversial pledge has also ''left an emotional chasm between him and DPJ city assemblymen (who were opposed to the policy).''
In fact, one contractor described the tower as the product of a "future-proof mentality." But just how future-proof can a creative destructionist be?
The former analyst responsible for so many briefings of high officials acknowledges that if the scientists at lower levels in the government didn't know about smallpox proliferation, "that's a breakdown in the system." He describes one briefing he held for a group of committed destructionists, including Henderson and Brian Mahy, Chief of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases at the CDC, who, with smallpox frozen in his basement, is also a passionately committed destructionist.
Than Shwe called Friday for the crushing of internal "traitors" and external "destructive elements" who he said seek to "wreck peace and development in the country." "All nationals must unitedly oppose and crush destructionist attempts, from inside and outside," Than Shwe said in a message read out on his behalf at a Union Day celebration in Yangon.
He urged more laborious work to be done to maintain Bahrain's leading status, mainly in the economic and banking fields, calling to build up on hard-won achievements brought about by the diligent reform efforts and deter the destructionists who are hiding under the cloak of reform.
The Governor said that anarchists and destructionists were not only enemy of nation and the country but they were also harming Islam.