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From neo- +‎ reactionary, in the contemporary meaning popularized in a 2010 blog post.[1]


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌniːəʊɹɪˈakʃn̩(ə)ɹi/
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neo-reactionary (comparative more neo-reactionary, superlative most neo-reactionary)

  1. (politics, chiefly derogatory) Reacting against the (especially liberal) values of the modern world; now typically seen as characterised by opposition to egalitarianism, support for strong centralised government, and espousal of conservative economic policies. [from 20th c.]
    • 1945, Labor Fact Book, vol. 7, p. 197:
      Following the outbreak of a revolution in Bolivia in December, 1943, the CTAL labeled the new Bolivian regime a "neo-reactionary victory" and pointed out that "their aim is undemocratic […]".
    • 2017 April, Andrew Sullivan, “The Reactionary Temptation”, in New York Magazine[2]:
      Austria narrowly avoided installing a neo-reactionary president in last year’s two elections.


neo-reactionary (plural neo-reactionaries)

  1. (politics, chiefly derogatory) Someone who holds such views. [from 20th c.]
    • 1991, Z Magazine, vol. 4, p. 16:
      With the accession to power of the neo-reactionaries, Nixon and then Reagan, the timber companies and the "immediate gratification" right took complete charge.
    • 2013 November 23, Klint Finley, “Geeks for Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries”, in TechCrunch[3], archived from the original on 2013-12-02:
      Neoreactionaries believe that while technology and capitalism have advanced humanity over the past couple centuries, democracy has actually done more harm than good. They propose a return to old-fashioned gender roles, social order and monarchy.
    • 2017 May 11, Andy Beckett, “Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in”, in The Guardian[4]:
      Since 2013, he has become a guru for the US-based far-right movement neoreaction, or NRx as it often calls itself. Neoreactionaries believe in the replacement of modern nation-states, democracy and government bureaucracies by authoritarian city states, which on neoreaction blogs sound as much like idealised medieval kingdoms as they do modern enclaves such as Singapore.

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  1. ^ Arnold Kling (2010-07-18), “The Neo-Reactionaries”, in EconLog[1], archived from the original on 2019-07-01