reactionary


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

reactionary

, reactionist
1. of, relating to, or characterized by reaction, esp against radical political or social change
2. a person opposed to radical change
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in classic literature ?
Of course, the newspapers of the land lived up to the reactionary policy of the ruling class, and the destroyed socialist press was misrepresented and vilified, while the Black Hundreds were represented as true patriots and saviours of society.
Why compliment him on being a romantic reactionary aristocrat?
This movement of religious change was met in its early stages by the very interesting reactionary 'Oxford' or 'Tractarian' Movement, which asserted the supreme authority of the Church and its traditional doctrines.
The reactionary gang, with that abusive brute Cheeseman at their head, insult him every night."
Of course he was far from being a moss-grown reactionary. Everything was not for the best.
Nineteenth century novels speak of letters asking a reply by the afternoon post, and I recall a wonderful short stow of "Saki", a witty, reactionary observer of the Edwardian scene, describing the devastating effect of the arrival of a telegram in a genteel English country house of a century ago.
The thesis argued is straightforward: Ancien Regime hospitals were a disaster, Enlightenment reformers tried to change them, reactionary administrators and religious personnel blocked reform, the Revolution implemented Enlightenment ideals by changing the hospital from a charitable establishment to a site for the practice of modem, scientific medicine.
Outspoken Birmingham MP Ms Clare Short was yesterday condemned by the Vatican after she claimed it was in an "unholy alliance with reactionary forces".
But a deeper central fault line in the Republican Party divides the modern conservative movement into reactionary and reformist wings.
His mission is nostalgic, even reactionary; but it nevertheless differs from that of critics who seek explanations for character motivation from psychoanalytic theories of behavior rooted in the unconscious mind.
The reactionary crusade to legislate the traditional family--or at least the gender power relations of the traditional family--has met widespread acceptance, in large part because reactionaries have been able to control public discussions.