ac·​tiv·​ism | \ ˈak-ti-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce activism (audio) \

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

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Other Words from activism

activist \ ˈak-​ti-​vist How to pronounce activist (audio) \ noun or adjective
activistic \ ˌak-​ti-​ˈvis-​tik How to pronounce activistic (audio) \ adjective

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Several demonstrations were held Wednesday, marking exactly eight years after the birth of a Moroccan Arab Spring protest movement that awakened a spirit of activism in this North African kingdom. Amira El Masaiti, The Seattle Times, "Morocco: Arab Spring anniversary brings reflection, beatings," 20 Feb. 2019 Offscreen, Tomlin and Fonda include each other in their social activism. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Looking Back at Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's Decades-Long Friendship," 3 Feb. 2019 We are gathered to heal from the wounds propelling us through our activism. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 On Sunday, police were deployed as some demonstrators marched while carrying yellow umbrellas—a symbol of democratic activism in Hong Kong. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Thousands rally in Hong Kong for democracy amid Beijing's tightening grip," 1 July 2018 Bermudez Zimmerman said, adding that there are different ways for candidates to stay grounded, including through their activism. Neil Vigdor,, "Eva Bermudez Zimmerman: Public Campaign Financing Within Grasp In LG Race," 6 June 2018 Perhaps most shocking yet to North Korean refugees and defectors is that beyond Kim traveling across the DMZ, the only tangible outcome so far from the Panmunjeom Declaration in April has been a crackdown on human rights activism in South Korea. Alex Gladstein, Time, "The Kim-Trump Peace Talks Are a Tragedy for the North Korean People," 22 May 2018 First, note the topical variety: There’s an exquisite essay on Chee’s mid-1990s obsession with rose gardening, another on 1980s AIDS activism in San Francisco, another on tarot card readings, another on money as the bearer of symbolic meanings., "How to write wonderful essays," 20 Apr. 2018 There’s just this idea of activism is kind of coursing through the world right now and fashion is no exception. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ads are just one piece of a bigger ‘reckoning’ in the fashion industry," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of activism

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for activism

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

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The first known use of activism was in 1915

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