Definition of anarchist in US English:

anarchist

noun

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

    • ‘However, I've never really been convinced by the abandonment of democratic methods of some anarchists, for example.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Five anarchists had been executed in 1886 for allegedly inciting the Chicago Haymarket bombing.’
    • ‘Like libertarians, anarchists believe that morality is a matter of opinion or personal taste.’
    • ‘So the anarchists and direct action types like Warcry have been left to lead the charge.’
    • ‘Committed anarchists can judge his account of their views.’
    • ‘They were made up of socialists, republicans, anarchists, revolutionary syndicalists and Catholics.’
    • ‘The cops, checking my ID, find that I'm on a list of possible anarchists - they decide to search my car for drugs.’
    • ‘Many anarchists and syndicalists supported the revolution and he was keen to win them over.’
    • ‘They are asking people to demonstrate on 2 July at the same time as the police are claiming Edinburgh will be overrun by anarchists.’
    • ‘In the USSR, most anarchists turned into Communists after the Russian Revolution.’
    • ‘Simply put, it gets the public even more fearful of anarchy and anarchists.’
    • ‘Such views do not differ essentially from the arguments used by anarchists during the time of Marx and Engels.’
    • ‘According to the news report the anarchists joined up and ‘infiltrated’ the peaceful protest.’
    • ‘Not all these plots were the work of anarchists and Socialist Revolutionaries.’
    • ‘There were four anarchists on the Military Revolutionary Committee which organised the insurrection in Petrograd.’
    • ‘Italian anarchists are believed to be behind the campaign.’
    • ‘If all the people who were left wing anarchists really stood together for once and refused to vote, what would happen?’
    • ‘Thousands of riot police will be lining the streets amid fears that either anarchists or terrorists will attempt to disrupt proceedings.’
    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’
    • ‘There was a large delegation of libertarian and anarchist groups with their characteristic red and black banners.’
    • ‘They come from the left and the right, from church groups and anarchist cells.’
    • ‘The central theme of all strains of anarchist doctrine is the illegitimacy of the state.’
    • ‘The socialist and anarchist parties proved unable to mount a concerted challenge to the burgeoning one-party dictatorship.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I also think that there is a distinct lack of decent theorising in modern left wing and even anarchist thinking.’
    • ‘It was, after all, the important French anarchist thinker Proudhon who declared that property is theft.’
    • ‘He met Lenin (who was anxious to draw in anarchist support) and clearly felt some sympathy for the Bolshevik leader.’
    • ‘My favorite part was the workshop on mental health in radical activist / anarchist communities.’
    • ‘Having loose anarchist affiliations doesn't mean you have to operate chaotically.’
    • ‘Another group of 20 police officers have been masquerading as anarchist protesters as part of a deep undercover operation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jean Vigo was born on 26 April 1905, the only child of anarchist activists.’
    • ‘You can actually vote in a dictatorship or an anarchist dissolution of government if you want it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the Norrebro area, home to many of the city's communist and anarchist groups, an impromptu victory parade began.’
    • ‘My editor would probably die to know she's hired a socialist with anarchist leanings.’
    • ‘The same ambivalent usage marks anarchist versions of the truth, or those of radical feminists.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

anarchist

/ˈænərkəst//ˈanərkəst/