A centrist is someone who has very moderate political views. Most centrists are against any big political shifts — either to the left or to the right.

Some politicians like to describe themselves as centrists because it makes them sound very reasonable and balanced. In reality, centrists are rare in politics, since people tend to have strong opinions about issues including taxes, the size of government, and inequality. Centrist comes from the French centriste, ultimately from the Latin centrum, "center."

Definitions of centrist
  1. noun
    a person who takes a position in the political center
    synonyms: middle of the roader, moderate, moderationist
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    type of:
    adult, grownup
    a fully developed person from maturity onward
  2. adjective
    supporting or pursuing a course of action that is neither liberal nor conservative
    synonyms: middle-of-the-road
    of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
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