What does the word reactionary mean?

Usage examples for reactionary

  1. If a wary reactionary of the tradition of Metternich had wished in the nineteenth century to reverse the democratic tendency, he would naturally have begun by depriving the democracy of its margin of more dubious powers over more distant things. – Eugenics and Other Evils by G. K. Chesterton
  2. Indeed both they and the students hoped to check the violence of the riots, while they prevented any reactionary movement. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne
  3. Danton answered him with a smile: 'In that case we must draw off the count's blood from the tribune of the people, that he may either be cured of his reactionary disease or die of it! – Marie Antoinette And Her Son by Louise Muhlbach Official
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