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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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 There, infertile women, resisters, and other undesirables (including a character played by Marisa Tomei) are enslaved and forced to clean up radioactive and toxic waste. Christopher Wallenberg,, "How Elisabeth Moss and company plan to carry ‘Handmaid’ forward," 19 Apr. 2018 Many of these bureaucratic resisters were moderate Republicans from the Eisenhower era. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump’s Loyalists Are Following in Reagan’s Footsteps," 20 Mar. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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