Definition of Zapatista in English:



  • A member or supporter of a Mexican revolutionary force working for social and agrarian reforms, which launched a popular uprising in the state of Chiapas in 1994.

    • ‘Activists putting the finishing touches on boots at a Zapatista run workshop.’
    • ‘Speeches of Marcos, a Zapatista leader, are transmitted by internet while he remains in hiding in the mountains of Chiapas.’
    • ‘Once outside in the warm desert air, walking home, she tried to remember if the manager called her a stinking shoe or a Zapatista.’
    • ‘All of our grains, legumes, eggs, and coffees are organically grown, our coffee is grown and fairly-traded from a Zapatista co-operative in Chiapas, Mexico.’
    • ‘One business leader, Raul Picard of the National Transition Chamber, has even calculated that interest rates would leap from 16 per cent to 28 per cent should a Zapatista be injured or killed during the march.’
    • ‘For example, in 1996, 2,200 people from 46 countries converged on Oventic, a Zapatista village, to attend the Intercontinental Encounter for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism.’
    • ‘Their recent ‘march of indigenous dignity’ took them to Mexico City, where a Zapatista spokeswoman addressed the Congress to appeal to them to pass the bill.’
    • ‘By now I doubted whether I would run into a Zapatista.’
    • ‘Ya Basta (the name is a Zapatista rallying cry, not the curse it sounds to Scots ears) call for free movement of citizens and for placing a greater value on the welfare of communities rather than market forces.’
    • ‘But the state is not, as some Zapatista followers would argue, like a rock that we can walk around.’


Spanish, named after Emiliano Zapata(see Zapata, Emiliano) + -ista.