• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Progressist One who makes, or holds to, progress; a progressionist.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n progressist One who holds to a belief in progress; a progressionist.
    • n progressist Specifically [capitalized] — In mod. Span. hist., a member of a political party holding advanced liberal views. The Progressists and Moderados were the two parties into which the Christinos (adherents of the queen regent Christina) separated about 1835.
    • n progressist A member of a liberal political party in Germany (Fortschrittspartei). formed in 1861. From it was formed, a few years later, the National Liberal party. The remnant in 1884 united with the Liberal Union to form the German Liberal party (Deutsch-Freisin-nige).
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Progressist one who believes in the progress of society and its future perfection: one who believes in the development of animals and plants from one simple form
    • ***


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. progressusprogredi, to go forward—pro, forward, gradi, to go.


In literature:

The Progressists will never make a Revolution, for all their festivals and fanfaronades.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
The Progressists did not take part in the marching, but they were stationed along the route to cheer the men in line.
"Socialism and Democracy in Europe" by Samuel P. Orth
The young composer fared differently at the hands of the progressists.
"The Life of Johannes Brahms (Vol 1 of 2)" by Florence May