Revolutionary Rev`o*lu"tion*a*ry, a. [Cf. F. r['e]volutionnaire.] Of or pertaining to a revolution in government; tending to, or promoting, revolution; as, revolutionary war; revolutionary measures; revolutionary agitators. [1913 Webster]

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