an·ar·chist | \ ˈa-nər-kist , -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, -(ˌ)när- \ adjective

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Turner was perversely inspired by one theme of the 2016 American election, one that envisioned the GOP candidate as a kind of punk rock anarchist: volatile, transgressive, a purposeful spectacle. James Sullivan,, "Frank Turner comes to town for six nights of not being a role model," 21 June 2018 Frick was later shot and stabbed in his office by an anarchist who heard of the strike, but survived. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Last month, far-right groups physically assaulted the left-leaning mayor of Thessaloniki, and in recent months Rounicon, an anarchist group, has stormed Greece’s top administrative court, tax offices and even the parliament. Deborah Ball, WSJ, "Aftereffects of Eurozone Crisis Plague Europe’s South," 1 June 2018 The short version of the Haymarket Affair is that on May 4, 1886, workers, labor leaders, and anarchists gathered in Haymarket Square, a particularly wide stretch of Randolph near Desplaines in the West Loop. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / History / Politics Remembering the Haymarket Affair and the city's attempts to forget it," 1 May 2018 About 700 left-wing and anarchist protesters took part in the counterdemonstration. Niki Kitsantonis,, "Thousands of Greeks protest over right to name ‘Macedonia’," 4 Feb. 2018 Instead, Wilson has spent the last years on an unlikely project for an anarchist: Not simply defying or skirting the law but taking it to court and changing it. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns," 10 July 2018 William Stephens may be best known — to the extent he’s remembered at all — for being California governor in 1917 when anarchists dynamited the governor’s mansion in Sacramento, blowing a small hole in a basement wall. Javier Panzar,, "Gov. Brown appoints Democratic activist Alice T. Germond to head California's campaign watchdog panel," 22 June 2018 Around 1,200 hooded and masked anarchists took part in the riot, police told the BBC. Laignee Barron, Time, "200 Arrested in Paris After Rioters Hijacked a Peaceful May Day Rally," 3 May 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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