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Definition of environmentalist

1 : an advocate of environmentalism
2 : one concerned about environmental quality especially of the human environment with respect to the control of pollution

Examples of environmentalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flowers calls herself an accidental environmentalist. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, "The story of Catherine Flowers, a Lowndes County native turned environmental activist," 20 Dec. 2020 Yet even San Francisco environmentalist Tom Steyer, a billionaire who worked with de León on climate legislation, chipped in a mere $16,200 for his friend to go along with his endorsement. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Dianne Feinstein isn’t going anywhere as long as California’s political establishment is with her," 13 Dec. 2020 This year’s deficit of unsolicited gewgaws aligns with Mr. Mancini’s values as a professional environmentalist, but his 7-year-old daughter Mae feels differently. Lauren Mechling, WSJ, "How to Make Your Client Holiday Gift Mean Something This Year," 13 Dec. 2020 The works are portraits: Butler’s depicts Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, and Meyer’s shows a member of Eswatini’s gay community. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘It takes a lot of effort’: Dollars promoting artistic diversity are scarce, but that may be changing," 6 Dec. 2020 Baker is an environmentalist, whose company grew every year as its carbon-output declined. Neal St. Anthony Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Doug Baker wraps up stellar CEO run at Ecolab. What's his second act?," 5 Dec. 2020 If one is an environmentalist, EVs may just look like window dressing. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM CEO Barra defends the company's pickup production despite its EV push," 4 Dec. 2020 In their collective eye, the word environmentalist suggests an effeminate, sentimental tree-hugger who is probably also a gun-control zealot. Philip Caputo, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Old Man and the Mountains," 22 Nov. 2020 Gore became an environmentalist and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and a 2007 Academy Award for best documentary for a pioneering examination of climate change. Chris Lamb, The Conversation, "What it’s like to lose a presidential election," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of environmentalist

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Environmentalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/environmentalist. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of environmentalist

: a person who works to protect the natural world from pollution and other threats


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Medical Definition of environmentalist

1 : an advocate of environmentalism
2 : one concerned about environmental quality especially of the human environment with respect to the control of pollution

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