net·​i·​zen | \ˈne-tə-zən also -sən \

Definition of netizen 

: an active participant in the online community of the Internet

Examples of netizen in a Sentence

the dismaying rudeness that so many netizens exhibit while online

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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 Chinese netizens across the country hailed Liang's honesty, with many saying the moment represented a collective national eye roll over the scripted news coverage of the rubber-stamp NPC. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Reporter's viral eye roll causes trouble with Chinese censors," 14 Mar. 2018 The outraged response of many netizens in China to the African skit suggests a growing awareness at home that bigotry is a Chinese problem, too. The Economist, "BanyanChina portrays racism as a Western problem," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of netizen

1984, in the meaning defined above

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

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