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one who supports Reaction in opposition to the general progressive Western zeitgeist, often accompanied by a sense that the expansion of democratic politcs has made life in general much worse either in absolute terms, or measured by what should have been achievable with modern science, reason, and technology; usually believes race is a real genetic construct and therefore not surprised at disparate average outcomes across large population groups; often believes human evolution has in part or in toto shaped human nature, which therefore cannot easily, or at all, be changed very much by social engineering and/or conditioning; usually believes heirarchy is imprinted upon mankind by nature and/or God, and that heirarchy is not only not necessarily evil, but desirable and even inevitable and ought not be torn down for any but the most grave reasons; tends to support tradition either as revealed by his religion and/or as successful adaptive memetic developments which usually solve deep and complex problems in human societies; anti-revolutionary; anti-socialist; anti-communist; anti-whig; anti-democratic; anti-globalist; skeptical; (once a term of derision, most reactionaries of late do happily so self-identify)
Tom suddenly realized he couldn't find a single Republican at the convention who didn't hail FDR anything less than a great hero. He remembered knowing conservatives in his youth who opposed both FDR and WWII. But where were they now? They had disappeared, but their thoughts and words had not. Tom hadn't changed his mind about much in the past 25 years, but he suddenly realized he was a Reactionary.
by nicky_steves April 15, 2013
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A person too stupid to think through the consequences of actions.
Joe was attending the MAGA rally when a man with a sign walked by. Joe yelled at him, "Fucking libtard commie asshole!"
The man with the sign turned just as Joe's fist connected with his face. The man dropped his "Make America Great Again" sign face up. Joe saw it and said, "Oh damn, I thought you were one of those hippy protesters."
The man was twice the size of Joe, and now he was pissed. Much like Joe, he was also a reactionary. Joe got his ass kicked.
by Nutzen YerMouf March 09, 2018
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1. A reactionary is, generally speaking, someone who is not only opposed to change, but wants to roll the clock back on any changes that have already happened. This stands in contrast to a conservative, who wants to maintain the status quo.

2. In what is either an Orwellian attempt to rewrite language, or the result of the defense mechanism known as projection, the word "reactionary" is also used by reactionaries as a slur against anyone who is not a reactionary.
1. The economic policies of Ronald Reagan were reactionary, because they rolled back many of the regulations and protections that had been created during the 20th century, based on the very same laissez faire economic theories that had previously resulted in the Great Depression.

2. I hate these reactionaries who advocate an expansion of the rights of marginalized people. We should send them back to the days when no one ever heard or cared about trans women getting stabbed to death; that would teach them who was boss.
by Queen Buttrix May 25, 2016
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Having old political and social views. Being ultraconservative. Reactionaries like to reminisce about the good old days when slavery, sexism, racism and cruel/unusal punishment were prominent.
Reactionaries biggest fear:
When straight white men no longer rule the U.S.
by jpj June 11, 2004
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extreme conservatism, especially in politics. wanting to restore to past conditions that can no longer compete with modern changes.

Former radical hippies turning into post reactionary hippies
The "reactionary" elders of this country held on to the belief that someday after the reign of republican presidents the figure of chieftain or king will be restored as the political head figure once again.
by anderl1n June 17, 2009
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Someone who "reacts" to change. Specifically reacts to social and cultural progress. A rejection of structure based on objective reality.

This is seen often in the far-left and is most commonly attributed to elements of it that reject social progress (ironically calling their rejection of progress as progress) and prefer a return to no formal social structure or culture, similar to primitivism. Ironically, as typical in leftist circles, the left tries to take such words and weaponize them against their enemies by giving them the opposite meaning. Similar to "fair-share" to the leftist meaning 0% taxes for some citizens and 80% taxes for the ebil nazi working class.
Antifa, and the modern uneducated leftist, is reactionary to the progress of Western society, and wished to return to a form of communal unstructured society often found in chimpanzee society.
by PetePabs June 11, 2018
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