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From French revanchiste.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈvan.ʃɪst/, /ɹɛˈvɑːn.ʃɪst/
  • (US) IPA(key): /rɨˈvæntʃ.ɪst/
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revanchist ‎(plural revanchists)

  1. A revanchist person; occasionally, anyone seeking vengeance.
    • 1997, Tony Hendra, “Old soldiers”, in Harper's Magazine, volume 295, number 1766, page 53:
      The next day, newspapers across the political spectrum will express varying degrees of outrage at the president's discourtesy, ignorance, and lack of style; one will accuse him of being a revanchist.
    • 2014 July 2, Jeff Shesol, “Rightward Bound: 'Uncertain Justice' and 'Scalia' [book review; International New York Times version: The Court: Rightward bound: Uncertain Justice. The Warren Court and the Constitution. By Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz. 401 pages. Henry Holt & Company. $32. Scalia. A Court of One. By Bruce Allen Murphy. Illustrated. 644 pages. Simon & Schuster. $35. (10 July 2014, p. 9)]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      Mr. Murphy tracks shifts in Justice Scalia's approach and what differentiates it from those of other textual revanchists, whether Justice Clarence Thomas or the legal scholar Robert Bork.



revanchist ‎(not comparable)

  1. Seeking revenge or otherwise advocating retaliation, especially against a nation which has previously defeated and humiliated the revanchist party in war. Originally referred to the French indignation over losing Alsace-Lorraine to Germany in the Franco-Prussian War.
    • 1974, "The Legacy of a 'Good German'", Time, 20 Mar 1974:
      No longer did young German tourists in France or Holland have to pretend that they were Swedes, and no longer did the governments of Eastern Europe blame all their problems on the "revanchist West Germans".
    • 2009, Jackson Lears, "The Waxing and Waning of America's Political Right", New York Times, 2009 SEP 29 [Retrieved 2009 OCT 05]. [2]:
      What remains is an elegant brief history of the modern conservative movement, as unsparing in its critique of liberal hubris as of revanchist resentment.


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