freedom fighter


Definition of freedom fighter

: a person who takes part in a resistance movement against an oppressive political or social establishment

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Recent Examples on the Web The elder Gonzalez was a 58-year-old former freedom fighter in El Salvador who became a playwright and sang in numerous choirs in New York and worked for the Oxford University Press, according to his obituary. NBC News, "For those reeling from Covid losses, Trump comes across as boastful, insensitive," 6 Oct. 2020 The 19th-century freedom fighter and educator was shot and killed on Election Day 1871, as white rioters attempted to silence the Black vote. Amy Thomas, National Geographic, "As statues get torn down, which monuments should we visit?," 11 Aug. 2020 But what has been noted so far appears to match historic descriptions of the freedom fighter’s fort. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Aerial Surveys Reveal Possible Fort of Scottish Patriot William Wallace," 6 May 2020 This backfired in the case of Gandhi; the portrayal of the iconic Indian freedom fighter as a deranged horny teenager did not go over well in India. Christian Holub,, "MTV is bringing back Clone High with original creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller," 2 July 2020 As a British ally, Japan may seem like an odd safe haven for a Bengali freedom fighter fleeing British retribution. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "The Indian revolutionary who fought to overthrow British rule while living in Japan," 9 May 2020 Queen’s late mother is remembered as a revolutionary freedom fighter; that struggle outlives her as terrorism and conflict exacerbate the divide between rich and poor. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Inside Queen Sono, Netflix's First African Original Series," 28 Feb. 2020 Colvin has no qualms about her recognition as an accidental freedom fighter. al, "Claudette Colvin, the pregnant teen who fought Alabama bus segregation before Rosa Parks," 16 Jan. 2020 In 1897, for instance, freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak was imprisoned for 18 months under this Act for his newspaper Kesari‘s anti-establishment coverage of the plague, according to The Indian Express newspaper. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "A 123-year-old law, once used to imprison freedom fighters, is India’s primary weapon against coronavirus," 22 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of freedom fighter

1910, in the meaning defined above

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15 Oct 2020

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“Freedom fighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of freedom fighter

: a person who is part of an organized group fighting against a cruel and unfair government or system

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