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anarchist Syllabification: an·ar·chist
Pronunciation: /ˈanərkəst/

Definition of anarchist in English:


A person who believes in or tries to bring about anarchy.
Example sentences
  • They were made up of socialists, republicans, anarchists, revolutionary syndicalists and Catholics.
  • There were four anarchists on the Military Revolutionary Committee which organised the insurrection in Petrograd.
  • Simply put, it gets the public even more fearful of anarchy and anarchists.
nihilist, insurgent, agitator, subversive, terrorist, revolutionary, revolutionist, insurrectionist


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Relating to or supporting anarchy or anarchists: an anarchist newspaper
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  • 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.
  • My editor would probably die to know she's hired a socialist with anarchist leanings.


Pronunciation: /ˌanərˈkistik/
Example sentences
  • There is an incipiently anarchistic and subversive element to his work.
  • Port Huron marked a milestone in the search for a genuine American radicalism based on many traditions, but most of all an egalitarian, almost anarchistic belief in democracy.
  • Liddy's philosophy is a strange mixture of an anarchistic hatred of Government in the abstract and a cult-like worship of government when it is in the hands of the right.


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

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