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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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 Centuries’ worth of contrapuntal development that led to Bach’s sublime fugues and Bartok’s wondrous string quartets was seemingly discarded by the stroke of a musical anarchist. Mark Swed,, "Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968," 21 Apr. 2018 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

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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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