from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who advocates direct or radical action to secure a social or political goal in its entirety: "the maximalists . . . who want the undivided land” ( Arthur Hertzberg).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Preferring redundancy; tending to do or provide more rather than less
- n. A person with maximalist beliefs or tendencies; someone who prefers redundancy or excess
Russian maksimalist, name applied in 1906 to an extreme splinter group of the Russian Socialist Revolutionary Party, ultimately from Latin maximum, maximum; see maximum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From maximal + -ist, by analogy with minimalist (Wiktionary)