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Definition someone who is extremely opposed to change; or relating to such a viewpoint
  • Liberals labeled him a reactionary opposed to any social progress.
  • "Yes," she said, "they are reactionaries who call themselves progressive: they defend the individual against the state.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • There are political reactionaries who've been saying something close to this for years.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The reactionary excitement that gave her a proud self-mastery had not subsided, and she looked at the future with a sense of calm choice.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • 'It would be very reactionary,' they said, 'no one will believe it.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • You are a reactionary, then?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Is it progressive or reactionary?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • From the point of view of this formulation, Surrealism in plastic art is a reactionary tendency which is attempting to restore "outside" subject matter.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • He exhibited sounder judgment in matters of architectural merit than Mr. Austen Heller, the outmoded reactionary who has suddenly turned art critic.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • These narrow-minded reactionaries are still fighting us.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
  • You're known as .... as a reactionary who's opposed to Washington policies.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I think the brother's speech was backward and reactionary!" he said.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • It was one of the reactionary jingo papers of my own district in which from time to time violently abusive references to me were circulated.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • But at this last stroke the reactionaries were so alarmed, that they were, determined to force the executive into action.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • I hope we are agreed in our conviction that Spirit, however absolute it may be, can never become the advocate of reactionary forces.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Meanwhile the really new people are very often unobserved by them, or even despised as reactionaries of grovelling tendencies.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • They say the church is reactionary," Silvia Lores says.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • She wound up marrying the first dentist she ever worked for—a smug little reactionary twenty years older than she was.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • He said he would bring out a reactionary force if I needed one.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • They're a gang of selfish, self-seeking reactionaries.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man

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