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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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 In the first four days of the trial — one expected to last three weeks — defense lawyer Mark Wilson sought in questioning the government’s witnesses to cast Woewiyu as a freedom fighter who stood in opposition to the corrupt and oppressive Doe. Jeremy Roebuck,, "Accused Liberian's trial in Philly highlights complicated U.S. legacy in war-torn African nation," 15 June 2018 But Bourdain still managed to tour a war museum, enjoy the country's Italian restaurant scene and share a meal with an ex-freedom fighter at a KFC knockoff named Uncle Kentaki. Doug Criss, CNN, "Brains, blood and beavers: Relieving Anthony Bourdain's most badass moments," 8 June 2018 Before Black Panther celebrated the all-female freedom fighters of Wakanda, real-life black women formed their own type of special-forces unit in Alabama. Shaniqwa Jarvis, Glamour, "'It's Our Time': Meet 18 Candidates Leading the Historic Rise of Black Women Running for Office in Alabama," 24 May 2018 My book is about two people — a black former freedom fighter and a white lawyer who fought for the apartheid regime in the most elite army unit — confronting those changes. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Drought In Post-Apartheid Cape Town: An Interview with Eve Fairbanks," 12 June 2018 Angela Davis, the academic, womanist, activist and freedom fighter who has been part of the quest for black liberation and dignity for more than 50 years, has decided to give her personal effects to Harvard. Angela Helm, The Root, "Angela Davis Frees Herself of Her Personal Archives, Which Go to Harvard," 14 Feb. 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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