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 Miike treats the genre archetypes in play—from one-armed, shotgun-pumping assassins to vengeful, borderline-feral femme fatales—like Jenga blocks, stacking them high then knocking over the pile with an anarchist's punky, devil-may-care spirit. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) on Netflix and in Theaters This Weekend," 27 Sep. 2019 His comrades in the trenches called themselves anarchists. David Pryce-jones, National Review, "The Cold War of Words," 22 Aug. 2019 The last few years have been good ones for the smiling mask made famous by V for Vendetta, the 2005 movie about an anarchist who blows up the UK parliament to destroy a fascist tyranny. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Your “V for Vendetta” protest mask was likely made in authoritarian China," 30 Oct. 2019 Friends on Saturday set up a memorial for Kealiher, an anti-fascist activist who identified as an anarchist, placing candles and flowers around the spot where he was hit. oregonlive, "Memorial for Portland activist now includes graffiti on Democratic headquarters," 14 Oct. 2019 Haiti was rocked by increasingly violent protests demanding the resignation of President Jovenal Moise, while in Mexico City young anarchists broke away from dispersing demonstrations to attack shops and bystanders. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean," 4 Oct. 2019 Credit Ledger and cerebral director Christopher Nolan with taking the screen’s first deep dive into Joker psychology, unsettlingly profiling him as a mass-murdering anarchist symbiotically linked to Gotham’s silent guardian., "Remembering the Jokers before ‘Joker’ - The Boston Globe," 2 Oct. 2019 In her third, Nicotine, a woman falls in with an anarchist collective of smoker’s rights activists who have been squatting in her dead father’s house in New Jersey. Rebecca Mccarthy, Longreads, "Climate Messaging: A Case for Negativity," 29 Sep. 2019 In January 1919, the devastating Molasses Flood killed 21 people in the North End, and anarchists were wrongly suspected in the explosion of the molasses tank. Brian Macquarrie,, "When the city was lawless: Recalling the Boston Police Strike of 1919," 7 Sep. 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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The first known use of anarchist was in 1646

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30 Nov 2019

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“Anarchist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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