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anarchist

[an-er-kist] /ˈæn ər kɪst/
noun
1.
a person who advocates or believes in anarchy or anarchism.
2.
a person who seeks to overturn by violence all constituted forms and institutions of society and government, with no purpose of establishing any other system of order in the place of that destroyed.
3.
a person who promotes disorder or excites revolt against any established rule, law, or custom.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; anarch(y) + -ist
Related forms
anarchistic, adjective
nonanarchistic, adjective
pseudoanarchistic, adjective
semianarchist, noun
semianarchistic, adjective
unanarchistic, adjective
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Examples from the web for anarchist
  • Many newspapers, meanwhile, declared the anarchist movement responsible for the murder.
  • She had returned to anarchist activism, but it was taking its toll on her.
  • The diversion was successful in drawing troops from the anarchist attack.
  • On occasions he described himself as a philosophical anarchist.
British Dictionary definitions for anarchist

anarchist

/ˈænəkɪst/
noun
1.
a person who advocates the abolition of government and a social system based on voluntary cooperation
2.
a person who causes disorder or upheaval
Derived Forms
anarchistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for anarchist
n.

1670s; see anarchy + -ist. The word got a boost into modernity from the French Revolution.

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