Friday, 14th November 2014

by Joshua Gaskell

Progressive, n.

Pronunciation: /prəɡˈrɛsɪv/
Etymology: < post-classical Latin progressivus capable of or relating to forward motion.

1. A person holding progressive, avant-garde, or liberal views; an advocate or supporter of political progress or reform. Now hist.
2. Polit. Contronymous to sense 1: A person holding conservative, old-fashioned, or anti-neoliberal views; a critic or opponent of political relapse or ‘reform’. Cf. Conservative, n. sense 1.