activism

noun ac·tiv·ism \ ˈak-ti-ˌvi-zəm \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of activism

: a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue
  • political activism
  • environmental activism

activist

play \-vist\ noun or adjective

activistic

play \ˌak-ti-ˈvis-tik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of activism

borrowed from German Aktivismus, from aktiv 1active + -ismus -ism



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