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

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The resisters, who were stigmatized for decades as traitors, will be honored as pillars of the country’s modern democracy amid growing concerns about resurgence of the far-right. Fox News, "Germans who resisted Nazi regime honored on 75 anniversary of plot of kill Hitler," 20 July 2019 All the Germans’ ammunition and reinforcements, and most of their food, had to come to the fighting fronts across hundreds of miles now infested by resisters, most of whom had been trained and armed by Allied agents. Sonia Purnell, Twin Cities, "Sonia Purnell: What D-Day teaches us about the difficulty – and importance – of resistance," 6 June 2019 This is not a left wing resister like reality winner. Fox News, "Brit Hume: Op-ed may be disloyal, but is in no way treason," 6 Sep. 2018 The Germans and Vichy French honed this policy to ensure that responsibility was extended to the family of any resister caught. Megan Koreman, WSJ, "Five Best: Megan Koreman on the Cost of Courage Under Nazism," 25 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of resister

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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