Definition of anarchist in US English:

anarchist

noun

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

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

adjective

  • Relating to or supporting anarchy or anarchists.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

anarchist

/ˈanərkəst//ˈænərkəst/