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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And there’s some weird kind of conflict with the real world and this fantasy crypto anarchist thing, which doesn’t actually work. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Founders Fund Partner Talks Privacy, Facebook, and His Time at Peter Thiel’s Secretive Data Company," 6 June 2018 But somehow directors, producers have seen me somehow as sort of an anarchist character. Michael Ordoña,, "Christian Slater is in familiar anarchic skin as 'Mr. Robot,' but it’s just an act — really," 25 Apr. 2018 The most infamous Massachusetts death penalty case of the 20th century focused on Italian immigrants and committed anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Washington Post, "Killing of police officer renews calls for death penalty," 18 Apr. 2018 This was built by a guy who is apparently an anarchist and lives relatively off the grid. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Visit Norway, According To Two Design Insiders," 3 Dec. 2018 In August 2017, about 100 anarchists and antifa members assaulted far-right demonstrators who were marching peacefully in Berkeley, California, with pepper spray, water bottles, and direct physical assault. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Antifa clashes with police and journalists in Charlottesville and DC," 13 Aug. 2018 Some were anarchists, some waved Soviet flags, and some were antifascists — upset by a gathering of far-right European leaders in France on the same day. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Anarchists crash May Day rally in Paris, burning cars and smashing shop windows," 1 May 2018 Tuesday, May 20, 1913 One year after being run out of the city by vigilantes at the climax of the free speech riots of 1912, anarchist leader Emma Goldman again attempted to visit San Diego., "May 20, 1913: Emma Goldman returns," 20 May 2018 In the mid-60s, a group of artsy Dutch anarchists called Provo wanted to rage against the machine. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Divvy at 5: Chicago’s bike share is better than ever," 18 June 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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