an·​ar·​chist | \ ˈa-nər-kist How to pronounce anarchist (audio) , -ˌnär-\

Definition of anarchist

1 : a person who rebels against any authority, established order, or ruling power
2 : a person who believes in, advocates, or promotes anarchism or anarchy especially : one who uses violent means to overthrow the established order

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anarchist or anarchistic \ ˌa-​nər-​ˈkis-​tik How to pronounce anarchistic (audio) , -​(ˌ)när-​ \ adjective

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If Kawhi had actually signed with the Lakers, that energy was not going to disappear, and the next 12 months would have been fun in an anarchist sort of way. Andrew Sharp,, "Kawhi Leonard on the Clippers Is a Massive Win for the NBA," 6 July 2019 In March, Solicitor General William Lamar issued a memorandum stating letters seized through the postal system revealed a nationwide plot by anarchists to overthrow the government. Cameron Knight,, "100 years ago, the U.S. prepared for a nationwide anarchist attack," 3 July 2019 Appearing in the pages of various anarchist and artistic journals from the early 1890s, Vallotton’s prints secured his fame as an artist, leading to his appointment as chief illustrator of the Revue blanche, a prestigious literary magazine. Samuel Reilly, 1843, "Enigmatic and erotic: the art of Félix Vallotton," 3 July 2019 On Sunday morning, March 23, Mussolini addressed a group of perhaps 120 men and several women: dispirited socialists, ex-soldiers, futurists, anarchists, and other unclassifiable revolutionaries. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "Mussolini and the End of Liberal Democracy," 25 June 2019 An anarchist murdered a priest in front of the altar at St. Elizabeth’s, also in Denver. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, "Regional books: “Denver School Book,” “Aloha Rodeo” and more," 13 June 2019 Were the bomb-throwing anarchists of late-nineteenth-century Europe terrorists? Robert Darnton, The New York Review of Books, "David A. Bell," 17 Jan. 2019 Kropotkin, however, was best known as an anarchist, not as a biologist. Carrie Arnold, Quanta Magazine, "Evolving With a Little Help From Our Friends," 4 June 2014 In a first, a local judge in 2016 ordered the exhumation of the Lapena brothers, members of an unauthorized anarchist labor union who were executed without trial in 1936. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Spain resumes controversial exhumations near Franco’s tomb," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of anarchist

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anarchist

see anarchy

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The first known use of anarchist was in 1646

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English Language Learners Definition of anarchist

: a person who believes that government and laws are not necessary

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