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activist

[ak-tuh-vist] /ˈæk tə vɪst/
noun
1.
an especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause, especially a political cause.
adjective
2.
of or relating to activism or activists:
an activist organization for environmental concern.
3.
advocating or opposing a cause or issue vigorously, especially a political cause:
Activist opponents of the president picketed the White House.
Origin of activist
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10; active + -ist
Related forms
nonactivist, adjective, noun
Can be confused
activist, pacifist, passivist.
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n.

"one who advocates a doctrine of direct action," 1915; from active + -ist. Originally in reference to political forces in Sweden advocating abandonment of neutrality in World War I and active support for the Central Powers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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