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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Other Words from anarchist

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

Examples of anarchist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outline toured the South in Antonoff’s parents’ minivan, playing a strip mall in Virginia and an anarchist bookstore in Florida. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 These words are spoken in 1938 by an Italian-American anarchist ideologically opposed to capitalism. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 The former is a socialist, the latter an anarchist. Farah Abdessamad, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2022 Caserta presented himself as an anarchist to the group, often showing discontent to notions of co-defendant Adam Fox being the ringleader. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 18 Mar. 2022 Caserta had a red and black anarchist flag draped on his living room wall, and had books related to practicing anarchism. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 29 Mar. 2022 The protesters say they were inspired by Nestor Makhno, who led a Ukrainian anarchist army in 1917. Fortune, 14 Mar. 2022 Ford is a student, a part-time dog walker and an anarchist, but there are also communists, libertarians, mechanics, cashiers, teachers and government employees. New York Times, 15 Feb. 2022 Today, the tasks Cunard set for herself look depressingly similar to those of Gen Z: Declaring herself an anarchist, Cunard was a dedicated advocate for racial equality as well as a virulent anti fascist. Mark Peikert, Town & Country, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of anarchist

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anarchist

anarchy + -ist entry 1; as a proponent of a political theory after French anarchiste.

Note: The use of the French words anarchisme and anarchiste in reference to political theory are associated with Pierre-Joseph proudhon. In his first major work, Qu'est-ce que la propriété? Recherche sur le principe du droit et du gouvernement (Paris, 1840), Proudhon used anarchiste (p.229), but not anarchisme.

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“Anarchist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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