en·​vi·​ron·​men·​tal·​ist | \ in-ˌvī-rə(n)-ˈmen-tə-ləst How to pronounce environmentalist (audio) , -ˌvī(-ə)r(n)-\

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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Many environmentalists have changed their minds about nuclear energy over the past decade. James Hansen, WSJ, "The Climate Needs Nuclear Power," 4 Apr. 2019 Bioré also makes the cloths from 100 percent renewable resources, which has to be part of why Meghan, an avowed environmentalist, loves them. Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Once Gushed About Buying Bioré Cleansing Cloths in Bulk," 30 Mar. 2019 Before the fire, only two of the main presidential candidates had mentioned investment in culture in their platforms: environmentalist Marina Silva and left-leaning Fernando Haddad. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, "Brazil museum fire sparks soul searching about spending," 27 Sep. 2018 This, of course, drives cattle-loathing environmentalists nuts. Candice Rainey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Colorado Ranch Retreat That Gives You a Real Taste of Cowboy Life," 20 July 2018 In recognition of his services to television, the environmentalist and broadcaster was honored by the Queen with a knighthood in 1985. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Looking Back at David Attenborough's Relationship with Queen Elizabeth and the Rest of the Royal Family," 4 Apr. 2019 The orange phones are the bane of litter-decrying French environmentalists and a symbol of careless, throwaway cartoon strip capitalism. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A 35-Year-Old Garfield Novelty Telephone Mystery Has Been Solved," 29 Mar. 2019 Some might question the romantic appeal of a smog-free ring, but Stein, 27, a staunch environmentalist, remains delighted. Alyson Krueger, The Seattle Times, "Will you marry me? And accept this smog-filled ring?," 1 Oct. 2018 The Dakota Access pipeline, operated by Energy Transfer Partners, became the next big project to attract intense opposition from environmentalists and Native American tribes along the route. Katherine Blunt, San Antonio Express-News, "Building pipeline support, one chicken, lamb and goat at a time," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of environmentalist

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of environmentalist

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


en·​vi·​ron·​men·​tal·​ist | \ -ᵊl-əst How to pronounce environmentalist (audio) \

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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