diversionist

noun
di·​ver·​sion·​ist | \ də-ˈvər-zhə-nəst How to pronounce diversionist (audio) , dī-, -shə- \

Definition of diversionist

1 : one engaged in diversionary activities
2 : one characterized by political deviation

First Known Use of diversionist

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diversionist

diversion + -ist entry 1, in part as translation of Russian diversánt

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about diversionist

Time Traveler for diversionist

Time Traveler

The first known use of diversionist was in 1937

See more words from the same year

Statistics for diversionist

Last Updated

3 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Diversionist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diversionist. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on diversionist

Britannica English: Translation of diversionist for Arabic Speakers

Comments on diversionist

What made you want to look up diversionist? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!