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Definition of Reactionary


  1. Being, causing, or favoring reaction; as, reactionary movements.
  2. One who favors reaction, or seeks to undo political progress or revolution.

Reactionary Quotations

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Now that virtually every career is an option for ambitious girls, it can no longer be considered regressive or reactionary to reintroduce discussion of marriage and motherhood to primary education. We certainly do not want to return to the simplistic duality of home economics classes for girls and wood shop for boys.
Camille Paglia

The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead.
Theodore Roosevelt

Pakistan has to export a lot of uneducated people, many of whom have become infected with the most barbaric reactionary ideas.
Christopher Hitchens

Reactionary: a man walking backwards with his face to the future.
Aneurin Bevan
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Reactionary Translations

reactionary in Dutch is reactionair
reactionary in Italian is reazionario
reactionary in Spanish is reaccionario