re·​sist·​er | \ri-ˈzi-stər \

Definition of resister 

: one that resists especially : one who actively opposes the policies of a government

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Such was the cost that the Dutch Council of Resistance instructed resisters in 1943 to stop their pilot-rescue activities. Megan Koreman, WSJ, "Five Best: Megan Koreman on the Cost of Courage Under Nazism," 25 Oct. 2018 His book is a love letter to the thousands of resisters across Europe who daily risked their lives to rescue Allied servicemen, many of whom were air crew, and escort them hundreds of miles to safety in neutral Spain. Lynne Olson, WSJ, "Five Best: Lynne Olson on Britain’s European Allies," 6 Sep. 2018 The emotional heart of the book, drawn in part from trial transcripts, is an account of how McCall, a small-town Michigan woman of Canadian and Scottish heritage, transformed herself from victim to resister. Julia M. Klein,, "When America imprisoned ‘promiscuous’ women," 23 May 2018 In the Bible, this king eventually gets outsmarted by a Jewish orphan named Esther, her cousin Mordecai and a group of shrewd resisters. Rachel Held Evans, Washington Post, "The Bible is literature for the resistance," 12 July 2018 Carter also issued a sweeping all-is-forgiven for Vietnam War draft resisters. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Trump’s pardon-palooza: Presidents and the constitutional power to pardon," 1 June 2018 Hey, resisters, don’t get too excited about Paul Manafort going to jail. Paul Thornton,, "Why three Californias isn't better than one," 16 June 2018 In Tyrant, Greenblatt analyzes the characteristics and paths to power of the archvillains in Shakespeare’s history plays, and the roles of enablers and resisters. Glenn C. Althschuler,, "'Tyrant' by Stephen Greenblatt: Shakespeare's ideas on tyranny and resistance," 18 May 2018 The little written about Asperger, in parent manuals and online blurbs, depicted him as a resister of Nazism and compassionate with his patients. Edith Sheffer, Time, "Asperger's Syndrome, the Nazi Regime and the Dangerous Power of Labeling People," 26 Apr. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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