Young Turk

noun
a member of one or more of the insurgent groups in Turkey in the late 19th century who rebelled against the absolutism of Ottoman rule
Hypernyms: ↑insurgent, ↑insurrectionist, ↑freedom fighter, ↑rebel

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I. noun
Usage: usually capitalized Y&T
Etymology: Young Turkish, member of a revolutionary party in Turkey in the early years of the 20th century
: an insurgent or a member of an insurgent group in a political party : liberal, radical

are the Young Turks … opposed to the ossified conservatism of the older so-called statesmen — John Gunther

the truculence of the Young Turks colliding with the standpat South — Alistair Cooke

II. noun
: one advocating changes within a group typically in opposition to a dominant usually conservative element

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1. a member of a Turkish reformist and nationalist party that was founded in the latter part of the 19th century and was the dominant political party in Turkey in the period 1908-18.
2. an insurgent in a political party, esp. one belonging to a group or faction that supports liberal or progressive policies: The leadership of the party passed from the cautious old-line conservatives to the zealous Young Turks.
3. Also, young Turk, young turk. any person aggressively or impatiently advocating reform within an organization.
[1900-05]

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Young Turk see under ↑young
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Main Entry:Turk
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Young Turk noun
1. Any of a body of Turkish reformers who brought about the revolution of 1908
2. (also without caps) a progressive, rebellious, impetuous, etc member of an organization
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Main Entry:young

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n. a member of a revolutionary party in the Ottoman Empire who carried out the revolution of 1908 and deposed the sultan Abdul Hamid II
a young person eager for radical change to the established order

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ˌyoung ˈTurk 7 [young Turk] noun (old-fashioned)
a young person who wants great changes to take place in the established political system

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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