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Reactionary Definition in Context – 601 Words

Reactionary definition in real context with synonyms and images for deep learning in second language acquisition from the book, 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam. Learn academic vocabulary in authentic context.

/riˈæk.ʃən.ər.i/ (adj & noun)

Reactionary definition

Noun: a conservative person who doesn’t welcome new ideas or changes in politics or society, a person who is against any reformation, die-hard, against progress, unprogressive, old-line, orthodox, right-wing, bigot, traditionalist, rightist

Adjective: backward-looking, traditionalistic, intolerant, conservative, intransigent, unreceptive, illiberal, opposed to progress


Reactionary is a political strategy that seeks to reverse a change that has occurred. This tends to have negative connotations such that it is unusual for anyone to apply the term to themselves. The following are illustrative examples of reactionary politics.

It is common for people to view the past in an idealized light such that reactionary slogans and campaign promises may have popular appeal. For example, Ronald Regan’s 1980 campaign slogan “Make America Great Again:’

Source of example:


liberal, progressive

Parts of speech

Verb: react

Adjective: reactive

Adverb: reactively

Noun: reaction

Noun: reactiveness

Noun: reactivity

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