- advocacy or approval of revision.
- any departure from Marxist doctrine, theory, or practice, especially the tendency to favor reform above revolutionary change.
- a departure from any authoritative or generally accepted doctrine, theory, practice, etc.
- (sometimes capital)
- a moderate, nonrevolutionary version of Marxism developed in Germany around 1900
- (in Marxist-Leninist ideology) any dangerous departure from the true interpretation of Marx’s teachings
- the advocacy of revision of some political theory, religious doctrine, historical or critical interpretation, etc
- (usually capital) an ultra-nationalist form of Zionism that arose in Palestine in the 1940s
1903, from revision + -ism. Originally in Marxist jargon, “rejection of gradual introduction of socialism.” Revisionist is from 1850 (adj.); 1854 (n.); in the historical sense from 1934, originally with reference to the causes of World War I.