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  1. rev·o·lu·tion
  2. noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: revolution, plural noun: revolutions

    • noun

      a forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favour of a new system:

      (in Marxism) the class struggle which is expected to lead to political change and the triumph of communism:

    • noun

      the proliferation of the availability of information and the accompanying changes in its storage and dissemination owing to the use of computers.
    • the rapid development of industry that occurred in Britain in the late 18th and 19th centuries, brought about by the introduction of machinery. It was characterized by the use of steam power, the growth of factories, and the mass production of manufactured goods.
    • the overthrow of the Bourbon monarchy in France (1789–99).
    • the war of 1775–83 in which the American colonists won independence from British rule.
    • noun

      a large increase in crop production in developing countries achieved by the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and high-yield crop varieties.
    • noun

      the liberalization of established social and moral attitudes toward sex, particularly that occurring in western countries during the 1960s, as the women's movement and developments in contraception instigated changes in attitudes toward sex and women's sexuality, and sexual equality became an aim of society.
    • a political upheaval in China 1966–76 intended to bring about a return to revolutionary Maoist beliefs. Largely carried forward by the Red Guard, it resulted in attacks on intellectuals, a large-scale purge in party posts, and the appearance of a personality cult around Mao Zedong. It led to considerable economic dislocation and was gradually brought to a halt by premier Zhou Enlai.
    • noun

      a nonviolent political revolution, especially the relatively smooth change from Communism to a Western-style democracy in Czechoslovakia at the end of 1989.
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