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-​ˈki-​stik How to pronounce anarchistic (audio) , -​(ˌ)när-​ \ adjective

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Luxury models have become a favorite target of anarchists who have burned more than 300 parked cars this year in Berlin. Los Angeles Times, "SUVs have made a startling rise in Germany. Now comes the backlash," 14 Sep. 2019 And David Chaum, a godfather of the crypto-anarchist movement that led to Bitcoin, launched his own new cryptocurrency. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "A Spy in the House of Byrne—The Ledger," 26 Aug. 2019 Strauss worked from a German translation by the poet Hedwig Lachmann, who belonged to socialist-anarchist circles in Berlin. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Endless, Grisly Fascination of Richard Strauss’s “Salome”," 21 Aug. 2019 Much of the daily life at the tent city has been organized by a group of activists camping there, many of whom identify as transgender and anarchist. Campbell Robertson, New York Times, "Unpaid Miners Blocked a Coal Train in Protest. Weeks Later, They’re Still There.," 19 Aug. 2019 The Bolsheviks had taken over the Soviet Union, and communists and anarchists were agitating all over the world. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "‘It Just Goes On and On’: How the Race Riots of 1919's ‘Red Summer’ Helped Shape a Century of American History," 29 July 2019 Black-bloc anarchists, clad in gas masks and helmets, led the charge, joined by Gilets who released a rain of cobblestones that crackled on the armor of the riot cops. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 Only the chorines, bull daggers, aesthetical Negroes, lady lovers, pansies, and anarchists supported her experiments in living free. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019 If Kawhi had actually signed with the Lakers, that energy was not going to disappear, and the next 12 months would have been fun in an anarchist sort of way. Andrew Sharp,, "Kawhi Leonard on the Clippers Is a Massive Win for the NBA," 6 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of anarchist

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

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