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Definition of "centrist" []

  • One who takes a position in the political center; a moderate. (noun)
  • Marked by or adhering to a moderate political view: "The deep pool of centrist opinion in the country, that essential guarantee against violent political upheavals, is being dangerously shaken” ( New York Times). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "centrist" in a sentence
  • "I object to the term "centrist" Democrats in this article."
  • "I look at the term centrist and think of politicians who are afraid to take positions on issues that might cause heartburn with swing voters."
  • "And indeed, I think of Gerry Ford as one of a small and diminishing group of what I call centrist Republicans, not necessarily liberal or conservative, but I think centrist."