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 anarchistic (audio) , -​(ˌ)när-​ \ adjective

Examples of anarchist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Europol found that in 2019, there were 26 anarchist or left-wing attacks in Europe, primarily in Greece, Italy, and Spain. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus lockdown could 'fuel the radicalization' of terrorists: EU police," 23 June 2020 The man in the video was accused by President Donald Trump of being an anarchist. Ian Mckenzie,, "The National's guitarist was mistaken for 'person of interest' after Columbus protest," 11 June 2020 Trump, who has frequently appealed to police officers to be part of his political coalition, also said Gugino could be part of anarchist group Antifa, again without evidence. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump disputes video evidence of Buffalo protester pushed to the ground by police, suggests it was a "set up"," 9 June 2020 But even before riots exploded across the United States in the aftermath of George Floyd's death, federal and local officials have long been investigating the inner workings and revenue stream of the anarchist, left-wing outfit. Fox News, "Antifa arrests coming, concerns over riots heading to suburbia, government source says," 3 June 2020 On Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, Caraway's been called an anarchist and an Antifa organizer. Brian Ries, CNN, "Protester who Trump called an 'anarchist' on Twitter says he was just trying to help out," 3 June 2020 Twenty years after the outbreak, the duo sets off on a cross-country odyssey, through urban spaces reclaimed by nature, contending with the roaming infected, plus a ruthless military, vicious anarchists, and cold-blooded cannibals. Darryn King, Wired, "The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release," 10 June 2020 The initial anti-fascist movements were founded in Europe and North America between the world wars, and were primarily organized by anarchists, communists and socialists – three groups that were frequently targets of fascist violence. Stanislav Vysotsky, The Conversation, "What – or who – is antifa?," 9 June 2020 Federal law enforcement officials pointed to groups including anarchists, white supremacists and far-left extremists, while President Donald Trump has focused just on Antifa and the far left. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "5 reasons experts say we should be wary of labeling protesters as 'outside agitators'," 4 June 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Anarchist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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: a person who believes that government and laws are not necessary

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