’It would be very reactionary,’ they said, ’no one will believe it.
I laughed with the men at the newspaper office; ’It’s reactionary to believe in God in our days,’ I said, ’but I am the devil, so I may be believed in.’
In fact, he sang ’hosannah’ and overdid it so, that some persons there of lofty ideas wouldn’t shake hands with him at first—he’d become too rapidly reactionary, they said.
It was merely stated that the criminal, whose approaching trial was making such a sensation—retired army captain, an idle swaggerer, and reactionary bully—was continually involved in amorous intrigues, and particularly popular with certain ladies "who were pining in solitude."
"I know you’ve come on most important business, Dmitri Fyodorovitch; it’s not a case of presentiment, no reactionary harking back to the miraculous (have you heard about Father Zossima?
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Liberals labeled him a reactionary opposed to any social progress.
It seemed odd to have to explain in a court of law something so fundamental about childhood, but the commitment to harsh punishments for children was so intense and reactionary that we had to articulate these basic facts.