What is revolutionary?

  • (adj): Advocating or engaged in revolution.
    Example: "Revolutionary pamphlets"; "a revolutionary junta"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A revolutionary is a person who either actively participates in, or advocates revolution. Also, when used as an adjective, the term revolutionary refers to something that has a major, sudden impact on society or on some aspect of human endeavor.

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Franz Sigel - Early Life
... the revolutionaries Friedrich Hecker and Gustav von Struve and became associated with the revolutionary movement ... After organizing a revolutionary free corps in Mannheim and later in the Seekreis county, he soon became a leader of the Baden revolutionary forces (with ... In 1849, he became Secretary of War and commander-in-chief of the revolutionary republican government of Baden ...
Hristo Botev - Literary Works
... works in a book called "Songs and Poems", together with another Bulgarian revolutionary poet and future politician and statesman, Stefan Stambolov ... Botev's poetry reflected the sentiments of the poor people, filled with revolutionary ideas, struggling for their freedom against both foreign and domestic tyrants ... His poetry is influenced by the Russian revolutionary democrats and the figures of the Paris Commune ...
Revolutionary Spontaneity
... Revolutionary spontaneity (also known as spontaneism) is a tendency to believe that social revolution can and should occur spontaneously from below, without the aid or guidance of a vanguard ... In his work What is to be Done? (1902), Vladimir Lenin argued fiercely against revolutionary spontaneity as a dangerous "revisionist" concept that strips away ...
Cultural Hegemony - Background - Historical
... of position is an intellectual and cultural struggle wherein the anti-capitalist revolutionary creates a proletarian culture whose native value system counters the cultural hegemony of the bourgeoisie ... culture will increase class consciousness, teach revolutionary theory and historical analysis, and thus propagate further revolutionary organisation among the social classes ... power and popular support to begin the political manœuvre warfare of revolutionary socialism ...

More definitions of "revolutionary":

  • (adj): Markedly new or introducing radical change.
    Example: "A revolutionary discovery"
    Synonyms: radical
  • (adj): Relating to or having the nature of a revolution.
    Example: "Revolutionary wars"; "the Revolutionary era"