• WordNet 3.6
    • adj revolutionary markedly new or introducing radical change "a revolutionary discovery","radical political views"
    • adj revolutionary advocating or engaged in revolution "revolutionary pamphlets","a revolutionary junta"
    • adj revolutionary relating to or having the nature of a revolution "revolutionary wars","the Revolutionary era"
    • adj revolutionary of or relating to or characteristic or causing an axial or orbital turn
    • n revolutionary a radical supporter of political or social revolution
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At the time of the U.S. Revolutionary War, Philadelphia was the second largest English-speaking city in the world, surpassed only by London.
    • n Revolutionary A revolutionist. "Dumfries was a Tory town, and could not tolerate a revolutionary ."
    • a Revolutionary Of or pertaining to a revolution in government; tending to, or promoting, revolution; as, revolutionary war; revolutionary measures; revolutionary agitators.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Only 16% of able-bodied males in the American colonies participated in the Revolutionary War.
    • revolutionary Pertaining to a revolution in government, or [capitalized] to any movement or crisis known as the Revolution: as, a revolutionary war; Revolutionary heroes; the Revolutionary epoch in American history.
    • revolutionary Tending to produce revolution; subversive of established codes or systems: as, revolutionary measures; revolutionary doctrines.
    • n revolutionary A revolutionist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The famous Revolutionary war general Lafayette had the same first name as his wife Mary.
    • adj Revolutionary pertaining to, or tending to, a revolution in government
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  • Alexis De Tocqueville
    “The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle.”
  • Guy Debord
    Guy Debord
    “Boredom is always counter-revolutionary. Always.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Capitalism is at its liberating best in a noncapitalist environment. The crypto-businessman is the true revolutionary in a Communist country.”
  • Lionel Trilling
    “Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony.”
  • Terry Eagleton
    Terry Eagleton
    “Postmodernism is among other things a sick joke at the expense of revolutionary avant-gardism.”
  • Robin G. Collingwood
    Robin G. Collingwood
    “Like other revolutionaries I can thank God for the reactionaries. They clarify the issue.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. révolutionnaire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Socialism is revolutionary, and the Socialists know that people who are well off are not revolutionists.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
How revolutionary was the transition from word of mouth and memory to written records!
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
It is a brilliant and powerful piece of argument and invective, strongly on the revolutionary side.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
And therein, once more, in revolutionary ideas, was Patrick Henry one full step in advance of his contemporaries.
"Patrick Henry" by Moses Coit Tyler
Second in size, though quite as important in influence, was the Social Revolutionary organization.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
The Church instinctively sticks to what is established, and opposes violent revolutionary action.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
It is a travesty to suggest that the revolutionary school despised history.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
Virginians developed great pride concerning the work of this revolutionary convention.
"The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783" by Virginia State Dept. of Education
But even he felt that these tactics were not very revolutionary.
"Anarchism and Socialism" by George Plechanoff
As surgeon in the army, he served throughout the Revolutionary War.
"Seaport in Virginia" by Gay Montague Moore

In poetry:

Revolutionary war was fought
With the British, this we hear,
To make this an independent nation;
We, the independent men,
We will not be a slave,
To bond-holders in our nation.
"Hurrah for Cooper and Cary" by Julia A Moore
Now breaking up the crust of temporal strife,
Who reads their acts enshrined in History, sees
That Tyrants were the Revolutionaries,
The Rebels men heart-vowed to hallowed life.
"The Century Of Garibaldi" by George Meredith
To be more revolutionary than a nun
is our desire, to be secular and intimate
as, when sighting a redcoat, you smile
and pull the trigger. Anxieties
and animosities, flaming and feeding
"On Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing The Delaware At The Museum Of Modern Art" by Frank O Hara
In revolutionary France,
(During that bloody scene,)
Whose head cut off and heart torn out.
With brutal rage were shown about,
First to the multitude throughout,
Then thrust before the queen ?
"Enigma XIX." by Elizabeth Hitchener

In news:

Historian Richard Norton Smith described the 10-foot tall statue of Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones .
'The Revolutionary': An Unrequited Love For China.
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards attend a ceremony marking the 33th anniversary of.
About one month after launching its revolutionary new beverage, BooKoo Burner+, Boo Koo Holdings Inc said the new drink is now being sold in more than 1,000 convenience stores throughout Nashville, Tenn.
You know what you're getting when you step into Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee, which opened Saturday at 606 N Fourth Ave.
George Washington's Mount Vernon: At Home in Revolutionary America by Robert F Dalzell Jr, by Lee Baldwin Dalzell Oxford University Press, 300 pp.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was reportedly captured by revolutionary fighters after weeks on the run.
And while the metaphor may be a bit forced, consider this: while the iPhone developed into a revolutionary platform for apps, as a phone it was originally somewhat mediocre.
Kata introduces M1 technology, a patent-pending, revolutionary hinge system in which the magnet, housed in a sheet of titanium, functions as a screwless hinge.
A new "nano machine shop " that shapes nanowires and ultrathin films could represent a future manufacturing method for tiny structures with potentially revolutionary properties.
A new "nano machine shop" that shapes nanowires and ultrathin films could represent a future manufacturing method for tiny structures with potentially revolutionary properties.
Marcuse 's embrace of the student as revolutionary briefly made him a celebrity on campuses rocked by protests, like the Free U of Berlin in 1967.
Countless food memories are sealed up tight in those revolutionary containers.
Oceana and La Mer Fete Christie's "Revolutionary" Sale.
Egypt's Military Government Quiets Revolutionaries.

In science:

Another discovery that can be described as revolutionary is that tidal interactions can induce the formation of a bar component out of disk material.
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
Even beyond these revolutionary examples the tapestry of colliding galaxy studies also grew with the addition of more new threads in this period.
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
During the coming decade, experiments that probe new weak scale physics, including EDM searches and the LHC studies, will test EWB with revolutionary power.
Nuclei as Laboratories: Nuclear Tests of Fundamental Symmetries
The most revolutionary conceptual discovery of 20th Century physics, apart from the modification of the concept of time required by SRT, at the basis of relativistic kinematics, is that of QM and QFT.
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper
The next paragraph concerns the most important result of Ref. , both as a revolutionary physical concept and for its practical consequences.
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper