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 Francis Ford Coppola suggested that his Uncle write an opera about Sacco and Vanzetti, the Italian anarchists executed — wrongly, many believe — in 1927. Daniel J. Wakin,, "Anton Coppola, opera conductor in filmmaking clan," 10 Mar. 2020 Francis Ford Coppola suggested that his Uncle Anton write an opera about Sacco and Vanzetti, the Italian anarchists executed — wrongly, many believe — in 1927. Daniel J. Wakin, New York Times, "Anton Coppola, Opera Conductor in Filmmaking Clan, Dies at 102," 9 Mar. 2020 Many others were anonymous anarchists, poets and preachers. Rick Kogan,, "Maxwell Street Market and Bughouse Square: It must be summer in Chicago," 29 July 2019 BlackRock’s recent decision wasn’t enough for protestors from Extinction Rebellion and Youth for Climate France, who descended on the firm’s Paris offices on February 10, scrawling graffiti and spraying a red anarchist symbol on the floor. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "Green Investing, Like the Earth, Is So Hot Right Now," 20 Feb. 2020 They were often viewed as kooky anarchists who had simply found a way to succeed with limited resources. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "NFL Coaches Said It Would Never Work. Patrick Mahomes Proved Them Wrong.," 28 Jan. 2020 Most notably, Medici is a hotbed of thoughtful skepticism towards government, with managers and coders ranging from left-wing anarchists to free-market libertarians. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "A Spy in the House of Byrne—The Ledger," 26 Aug. 2019 This includes examinations of a religious settlement in Pennsylvania, a suburb founded by anarchists in New Jersey and a pair of avant-garde bedroom communities outside of Boston designed by the acolytes of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Amanda Kolson Hurley says suburbs were sites of experimentation — and could be again," 25 June 2019 Screaming outside an anarchist book fair in Texas. Plastering stickers across multiple store fronts on a busy block in Denver. Parading with flares at night in a public park in Boston. ProPublica, "They Are Racist; Some of Them Have Guns. Inside the White Supremacist Group Hiding in Plain Sight.," 13 Nov. 2019

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

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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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