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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Its remoteness was once its purpose: for decades, the British used the Andaman Islands (namely Port Blair) as an inescapable prison for Indian freedom fighters up until independence. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why India’s Andaman Islands Could Be the New Maldives," 4 Jan. 2019 At the start of 2019, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that three of the Andaman Islands would be variously renamed to honor freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why India’s Andaman Islands Could Be the New Maldives," 4 Jan. 2019 No matter which biopic wins, the loser will be Andrew de Moray, the Scottish freedom fighter that both movies ignore. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?," 13 Nov. 2018 As the cliche goes, one man’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Does the Palestinian Authority pay $350 million a year to ‘terrorists and their families’?," 14 Mar. 2018 The Yeshiva Maccabees, named for the ancient band of freedom fighters, are unfamiliar with this level of spotlight. Rick Rojas, New York Times, "After Fasting and Before the Sabbath, Yeshiva Debuts in N.C.A.A. Tournament," 1 Mar. 2018 Wright is a storyteller who sings with the gusto of a freedom fighter. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Total Experience Gospel Choir’s last days: Pat Wright built legacy with gusto of a freedom fighter," 1 Oct. 2018 Too many Europeans believe that one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter, but war crimes still are taken seriously in Europe. Mark Dubowitz And, WSJ, "Get Serious About Human Shields," 22 Aug. 2018 To many older exiles, Posada was a freedom fighter who did what was necessary to attempt to overthrow a dictatorship. Washington Post, "Militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles has died," 23 May 2018

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1910, in the meaning defined above

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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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