• 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
She was immediately seized by the mob, and dragged before the revolutionary tribunal of Luciennes.
"Maria Antoinette" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Even in Carinthia some enthusiasm for revolutionary principles had been created.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
We, the 'revolutionaries,' are profiting more by lawful than by unlawful and revolutionary means.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
The bourgeoisie, historically, has played a most revolutionary part.
"Manifesto of the Communist Party" by Karl Marx
From these oppressors the people of many cities sought deliverance in the less intolerable tyranny of revolutionary usurpers.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
And in no revolutionary movement have they gained such a disastrous influence or played such a leading part as in Anarchism.
"Anarchism" by E. V. Zenker
In the Revolutionary War his services were in the Channel.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
And at the end of the second phase, early in January, we find that the reformers have ousted the revolutionaries.
"The New Germany" by George Young
Our comrades there are careful not to associate with any woman, except of proved revolutionary character.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman
Dunmore was detested for his role in the opening years of the Revolutionary War.
"Give Me Liberty" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker

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
On the conceptual realm, this was a very revolutionary theory at is warps the notions of space and time, and so it set the foundations for the best description of gravity so far: Einstein’s theory of General Relativity.
Geometrical constraints on dark energy models
These revolutionary advances that impact the whole of extragalactic Astronomy cannot be attributed to the success of a single group, but to the combined contributions of different teams.
The Galactic Bulge: A Review
The International Linear Collider (ILC) is expected to play a central role in an era of revolutionary advances with breakthrough impact on many of these fundamental questions.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
This hypothesis was no doubt revolutionary, because it first put forward the possibility that the antimatter partner of a given matter particle could be the particle itself.
Ettore Majorana and his heritage seventy years later
Because they are truly revolutionary, much technical work remains to be done before their full capabilities can be realized.
Conference Summary: HI Science in the Next Decade
It would be silly not to work hard toward SKA development; that billion galaxy survey will be that revolutionary.
Conference Summary: HI Science in the Next Decade
Such a detection would be revolutionary, but even improved null results are important and useful: natural scale for cosmological evolution would be Hubble time, but current bounds are 6 orders of magnitude stronger 1 .
Three tests of LambdaCDM
Its revolutionary scale will likely lead the next generation of optical survey designs.
Spurious Shear in Weak Lensing with LSST
Although today’s standard model of cosmology is often taken for granted, it is rooted in ideas that were once revolutionary and were not easily accepted by the scientific community.
Dark matter and cosmic structure
As part of Thurston’s revolutionary understanding of 3 dimensional geometry and topology, he established that the fundamental groups of compact 3manifolds could exhibit much better behaviour than typically found amongst all finitely presented groups.
A 3-manifold group which is not four dimensional linear