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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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 Yes, there are plutonium orbs, a shadowy cabal of anarchists threatening nuclear Armageddon, but—spoiler—Cruise stops them! Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "5 Reasons You Have to See Mission: Impossible—Fallout (Really!)," 26 July 2018 Critics like the Grand Jury Resistance Project say that grand juries have been used to target activists including pro-independence Puerto Rican activists, Black liberation activsts, anarchist organizers, and Standing Rock water protectors. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Chelsea Manning Has Been Imprisoned for Resisting a Grand Jury Investigation. Here’s Why She Should Be Freed," 11 Mar. 2019 Their assignment is to retrieve three highly dangerous plutonium cores from a man code-named John Lark, who is working with anarchist terror-network The Syndicate (yes, them again) to bring down the free world., "Mission Impossible: Fallout Is As Wild & Fun As Henry Cavill's Mustache," 12 July 2018 My favorites are Céleste Mogador, who became a countess, and Gisèle d’Estoc, a bisexual anarchist painter who famously had a bare-breasted sword fight with her female lover in a public park. New York Times, "Lauren Groff: By the Book," 24 May 2018 Yet despite Athens’ pro-American shift, many in Syriza retain links to and sympathies for Greece’s radical-left scene, which includes Marxists, anarchists and others traditionally opposed to U.S. power. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Anger Over Old Terrorists Upsets New Friendship Between Greece, U.S.," 6 Nov. 2018 Hundreds of masked anarchists and black bloc affiliates were arrested in Paris on Tuesday, Reuters reported, after rioters burned cars and smashed shop windows during the city’s May Day rally. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Anarchists crash May Day rally in Paris, burning cars and smashing shop windows," 1 May 2018 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

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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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