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Republican in name only; typically means a member of the GOP who's more liberal than a Republican should be
Schwarzegger's one big RINO!
by Alex August 19, 2003
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Republican In Name Only

Used to describe Republicans who are against Donald Trump and the Big Lie, including the ones who impeached him

Examples include Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Adam Kinzinger, Fred Upton, and Liz Cheney.
The lawmaker said that Joe Biden won the election and he was called a RINO.
by UrbanDefinitionMaker July 16, 2021
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Formerly stood for Republican In Name Only. Eventually, it fell into widespread overuse, effectively diluting its context.

Currently, it stands for any Republican who is not totally bat-shit crazy on 100 percent of the issues, 100 percent of the time.
Person A: "Senator X is nothing but a RINO!"

Person B: "Oh, he's not a RINO, he just doesn't think schizophrenics should be allowed to carry assault rifles into schools!"

Person A: "That's not right! The Second Amendment says we can carry anywhere!"

Person B: "Sure it does - if you're bat-shit crazy!"
by Ingleweird October 20, 2011
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Republican In Name Only.

This is a pejorative term used to dismiss any moderate or liberal GOP members from getting nominated to run for president.

Any Republican who isn't a pro-life creationist who denies climate change gets hit with this label.
Because he admitted he believed in man-made climate change and accepted the theory of evolution, Jon Huntsman was labeled as a RINO and thus did very poorly in the GOP primaries in 2012
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"Republican In Name Only." A label often used by hardcore conservatives and Trump supporters to attack any member of the GOP who votes against party lines or defies Trump in any way, shape, or form.
"John McCain was nothing but a no good RINO and a traitor to the GOP. His defiance against Trump and saving ObamaCare from being repealed prove his disloyalty to the Republican party."
"John McCain was a maverick who voted for what he believed was right. He was a good man and a war hero. Show some respect."
"He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."
"What the fuck..."
by BALLOFYARN December 16, 2020
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Noun: Pronounced "Ree-no"

Defn: A kind, loyal man with impeccable values who makes people of all ages, from infants to seniors, feel comfortable. He's instinctively loving and caring, and, above all else, he wants those he loves to be happy. He's hardworking to a fault, and loves a good competition.
When acknowledging a superior effort, "That's very Rino of you".
by S3pt!c Sk3pt!c March 3, 2010
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Republican who acts and votes like a liberal and ignores the wishes of other Republicans
by darkangel82 May 18, 2005
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