Definition of anarchist in English:

anarchist

noun

  • A person who believes in or tries to bring about anarchy.

    • ‘According to the news report the anarchists joined up and ‘infiltrated’ the peaceful protest.’
    • ‘Many anarchists and syndicalists supported the revolution and he was keen to win them over.’
    • ‘Committed anarchists can judge his account of their views.’
    • ‘Five anarchists had been executed in 1886 for allegedly inciting the Chicago Haymarket bombing.’
    • ‘If all the people who were left wing anarchists really stood together for once and refused to vote, what would happen?’
    • ‘Simply put, it gets the public even more fearful of anarchy and anarchists.’
    • ‘They are asking people to demonstrate on 2 July at the same time as the police are claiming Edinburgh will be overrun by anarchists.’
    • ‘There were four anarchists on the Military Revolutionary Committee which organised the insurrection in Petrograd.’
    • ‘Not all these plots were the work of anarchists and Socialist Revolutionaries.’
    • ‘Italian anarchists are believed to be behind the campaign.’
    • ‘Thousands of riot police will be lining the streets amid fears that either anarchists or terrorists will attempt to disrupt proceedings.’
    • ‘The cops, checking my ID, find that I'm on a list of possible anarchists - they decide to search my car for drugs.’
    • ‘This logic was embraced by both anarchists and populists, and imposed a number of strict conditions on the behaviour of terrorists.’
    • ‘Tomorrow in particular could be the day when anarchists attempt to bring violence and destruction to the streets.’
    • ‘So the anarchists and direct action types like Warcry have been left to lead the charge.’
    • ‘However, I've never really been convinced by the abandonment of democratic methods of some anarchists, for example.’
    • ‘They were made up of socialists, republicans, anarchists, revolutionary syndicalists and Catholics.’
    • ‘Such views do not differ essentially from the arguments used by anarchists during the time of Marx and Engels.’
    • ‘In the USSR, most anarchists turned into Communists after the Russian Revolution.’
    • ‘Like libertarians, anarchists believe that morality is a matter of opinion or personal taste.’
    nihilist, insurgent, agitator, subversive, guerrilla, terrorist, bioterrorist, narcoterrorist, ecoterrorist, cyberterrorist, agroterrorist, freedom fighter, resistance fighter, rebel, revolutionary, revolutionist, bolshevik, mutineer
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adjective

  • Relating to or supporting anarchy or anarchists.

    ‘an anarchist newspaper’
    • ‘He met Lenin (who was anxious to draw in anarchist support) and clearly felt some sympathy for the Bolshevik leader.’
    • ‘It was, after all, the important French anarchist thinker Proudhon who declared that property is theft.’
    • ‘He went on to say the people who took the day off to express their opposition to the war were solidly left and markedly anarchist and Marxist.’
    • ‘The central theme of all strains of anarchist doctrine is the illegitimacy of the state.’
    • ‘There was a large delegation of libertarian and anarchist groups with their characteristic red and black banners.’
    • ‘The same ambivalent usage marks anarchist versions of the truth, or those of radical feminists.’
    • ‘My favorite part was the workshop on mental health in radical activist / anarchist communities.’
    • ‘Another group of 20 police officers have been masquerading as anarchist protesters as part of a deep undercover operation.’
    • ‘Having loose anarchist affiliations doesn't mean you have to operate chaotically.’
    • ‘He says he won't let a ‘travelling anarchist circus’ come to Britain.’
    • ‘To say there is no such thing as anarchist politics is just wrong.’
    • ‘My editor would probably die to know she's hired a socialist with anarchist leanings.’
    • ‘The socialist and anarchist parties proved unable to mount a concerted challenge to the burgeoning one-party dictatorship.’
    • ‘I also think that there is a distinct lack of decent theorising in modern left wing and even anarchist thinking.’
    • ‘You can actually vote in a dictatorship or an anarchist dissolution of government if you want it.’
    • ‘They come from the left and the right, from church groups and anarchist cells.’
    • ‘In the Norrebro area, home to many of the city's communist and anarchist groups, an impromptu victory parade began.’
    • ‘Jean Vigo was born on 26 April 1905, the only child of anarchist activists.’
    • ‘There was a small group of very aggressive anarchist protestors called the No Police State Coalition.’
    • ‘I'm not really in support of the anarchist cause, but I guess they are on the same side of the fence as us.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Greek anarkhos ‘without a chief’ (see anarchy) + -ist; later influenced by French anarchiste.

Pronunciation

anarchist

/ˈanəkɪst/