re·​sist·​er | \ ri-ˈzi-stər How to pronounce resister (audio) \

Definition of resister

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

Examples of resister in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rarely remembered are the networks of quiet, effective resisters who also risked their lives to thwart Nazi atrocities while the war raged on. Time, "1942: The Resisters," 5 Mar. 2020 These resisters are exemplified by women like Miep Gies, who in 1942 decided without hesitation to hide Anne Frank and her family along with others in Amsterdam. Time, "1942: The Resisters," 5 Mar. 2020 And in 1905 the court upheld Massachusetts’ requirement of smallpox vaccinations for all adults in the city of Cambridge during an outbreak of the disease, and a $5 fine against a resister who argued that the mandate violated his liberty. Bob Egelko,, "Courts give governments wide latitude when epidemics, like coronavirus, threaten public health," 22 Mar. 2020 The resisters debate whether simply listening to the radio and getting mad counts as action, or if more active steps are needed. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Can It Happen Here? In ‘The Plot Against America,’ It Already Did," 15 Mar. 2020 Throughout the United States, resisters pushed back on a national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: San Antonio overcompensates for the sins of others with its MLK events," 14 Jan. 2020 The memorabilia also included dozens of official documents and decorations from the Third Reich, memorabilia from the Nazi military and three items from Nazi resisters. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Hitler's tophat and Nazi memorabilia are up for auction. Critics say it 'glorifies' Nazis," 21 Nov. 2019 In 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned many Vietnam War draft resisters who had fled to Canada. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "The socialist who ran for president from prison — and won nearly a million votes," 22 Sep. 2019 Labeling resisters with one dismissive stereotype would be wrongheaded. New York Times, "How Anti-Vaccine Sentiment Took Hold in the United States," 23 Sep. 2019

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Resister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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