freedom fighter


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One memorable scene in the first Terminator saw the character interrogate Biehn’s Kyle Reese, a freedom fighter from the future that the psychologist believed suffered from paranoid delusions. Carly Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Jan. 2023 Baranski became a freedom fighter during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, attempting to garner Western support. Mike Wagenheim, Sun Sentinel, 22 Dec. 2022 In fact, one of the greatest heroes of the North during the Civil War was (depending on your perspective) either a terrorist, an insurgent, a freedom fighter, a madman, a martyr, or the paragon of a righteous cause. Brynn Tannehill, The New Republic, 12 Dec. 2022 Season 2 is set amidst the ongoing Syrian civil war and follows a female freedom fighter group and the portrayal of radicalised westerners who join ISIS. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 29 Nov. 2022 Recent shows have included a retrospective of photography from Gabriel Figueroa, a luminary cinematographer of the golden age of Mexican cinema, and contemporary representations of freedom fighter Emiliano Zapata. Michael Snyder, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2022 Adrianna is a Kahndaqi professor and freedom fighter. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Oct. 2022 The statue was installed in Atlantic Station’s Millennium Gate Park and depicts a female freedom fighter with her fists clenched. Drew Kann, ajc, 23 Oct. 2022 The Indian freedom fighter who promoted ahimsa (non-violence) was nominated in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947, and a few days before he was assassinated on Jan. 30, 1948. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 7 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of freedom fighter was in 1910

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“Freedom fighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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freedom fighter

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

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