net·​i·​zen | \ ˈne-tə-zən also -sən How to pronounce netizen (audio) \

Definition of netizen

: an active participant in the online community of the Internet

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Examples of netizen in a Sentence

the dismaying rudeness that so many netizens exhibit while online

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The Communist Party tabloid Global Times reported online that Chinese netizens are urging Apple to follow the one-China principle. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple’s Challenge: Win Over China With Pricey New iPhones," 13 Sep. 2018 In this regard, the opinions of netizens are different. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "China Eastern Airlines flight attendant reportedly fired after accepting mid-flight marriage proposal," 15 Sep. 2018 Yet in terms of language, including what the state allows Chinese netizens to say online, a shift has occurred. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 In recent days, Chinese netizens have highlighted a curious discrepancy in official industrial-profits data. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Fixing Chinese Profits Is Easy—Just Fix the Data," 5 July 2018 Although the internet in China is heavily censored and blocked, determined and clever netizens can always come up with ingenious ways to criticize the government and its representatives. Victor H. Mair, Newsweek, "China's War on Words Show Xi Jinping Is A Dictator For Life," 28 Feb. 2018 Outraged by reports of businesses behaving badly, netizens often take to Yelp to express their disgust with a tidal wave of one-star ratings and negative reviews. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yelp in spotlight as activists use it to criticize controversial businesses," 20 Apr. 2018 Chinese netizens have been using them for years, says Meg Jing Zeng, a postdoctoral fellow who researches information control and digital activism at Hans-Bredow-Institut in Hamburg, Germany. Margaret Andersen, WIRED, "How Feminists in China Are Using Emoji to Avoid Censorship," 30 Mar. 2018 Until the censors catch on, the netizens might refer to their President/Secretary General/Chairman/Core Leader as Xisar or Second Emperor of Qina. Victor H. Mair, Newsweek, "China's War on Words Show Xi Jinping Is A Dictator For Life," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of netizen

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for netizen

blend of net and citizen

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English Language Learners Definition of netizen

: a person who actively uses the Internet especially in a proper and responsible way

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