anarchist

noun
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 anarchist (audio) , -​(ˌ)när-​ \ adjective

Examples of anarchist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that alternative turned out to be an anarchist with anti-Semitic views, report Anita Chabria and Evan Halper. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: Kamala Harris is taking on the migration issue, but staying away from the border," 31 Mar. 2021 Then there are those, mostly teenage rioters, who appear to be motivated by an anarchist, anti-police bent and seek to disrupt public order by any means possible. Joseph Wilson And Hernán Muñoz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why one rapper's arrest sparked violent unrest in Spain," 22 Feb. 2021 Grodt was an American anarchist who was killed fighting for the People’s Protection Units (also known as the YPG), a group battling against the Islamic State and the Turkish government in Syria. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "FBI arrests self-proclaimed 'hardcore leftist' who allegedly threatened violence at state capitol," 16 Jan. 2021 Then there are those, mostly teenage rioters, who appear to be motivated by an anarchist, anti-police bent and seek to disrupt public order by any means possible. Joseph Wilson And Hernán Muñoz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why one rapper's arrest sparked violent unrest in Spain," 22 Feb. 2021 Ngo has made a name for himself as a critical reporter of Antifa, and was attacked by the anarchist group nearly two years ago. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, "Portland Public Schools headquarters targeted in arson attack, suspected BLM-Antifa graffiti messages found," 7 Mar. 2021 Then there are those, mostly teenage rioters, who appear to be motivated by an anarchist, anti-police bent and seek to disrupt public order by any means possible. Time, "Angry Youths Rattle Spain in Support of Jailed Catalan Rapper Pablo Hasel," 23 Feb. 2021 That year, a would-be assassin, the anarchist Emma Goldman’s boyfriend, Alexander Berkman, attacked Frick in his Pittsburgh office, shooting him twice and stabbing him repeatedly. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "When a Museum Feels Like Home," 8 Feb. 2021 In this vision of the future from the Alan Moore and David Lloyd graphic novel, an anarchist named V (Hugo Weaving) teams with a woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) to inspire the world to rise up. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on HBO Max," 1 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of anarchist

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anarchist

anarchy + -ist entry 1; as a proponent of a political theory after French anarchiste.

Note: The use of the French words anarchisme and anarchiste in reference to political theory are associated with Pierre-Joseph proudhon. In his first major work, Qu'est-ce que la propriété? Recherche sur le principe du droit et du gouvernement (Paris, 1840), Proudhon used anarchiste (p.229), but not anarchisme.

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“Anarchist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anarchist. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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anarchist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of anarchist

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

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