republican

republican (adj.) 1712, "belonging to a republic," from REPUBLIC (Cf. republic) + -an (see -IAN (Cf. -ian)). In noun sense of "one who favors a republic," it is recorded from 1690s; and in sense of a member of a specific U.S. political party (the Anti-Federalists) from 1782, though this was not the ancestor of the modern U.S. Republican Party, which dates from 1854. Republicrat in U.S. political jargon usually meaning "moderate," is attested from 1940.

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