[ an-er-kist ]
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  1. a person who advocates or believes in anarchy or anarchism.

  2. a person who seeks to overturn by violence all constituted forms and institutions of society and government, with no purpose of establishing any other system of order in the place of that destroyed.

  1. a person who promotes disorder or excites revolt against any established rule, law, or custom.

Origin of anarchist

First recorded in 1670–80; anarch(y) + -ist

Other words from anarchist

  • an·ar·chis·tic, adjective
  • non·an·ar·chis·tic, adjective
  • pseu·do·an·ar·chis·tic, adjective
  • sem·i·an·ar·chist, noun
  • sem·i·an·ar·chis·tic, adjective
  • un·an·ar·chis·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use anarchist in a sentence

  • The Turfers are freakish, passionate, half-baked, dignified, defiant, rude, anarchistic, but they are not Republicans.

    The GOP Freak Show | John Batchelor | August 7, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • She's a woman of faultless character, but her instincts, as Altiora would say, are anarchistic—when she gives them a chance.

    The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
  • James Knowles so respected him that he allowed him to write anarchistic articles for his high-toned Nineteenth Century.

    Comrade Kropotkin | Victor Robinson
  • They seem to be written not because Edelstadt is a poet, but because he belongs to the Anarchistic party.

  • He chose for his teachers men well known for their anarchistic ideas.

    The War Upon Religion | Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
  • These stories are sadly spoiled by a crude philosophy and by "anarchistic" protestations against present values.

British Dictionary definitions for anarchist


/ (ˈænəkɪst) /

  1. a person who advocates the abolition of government and a social system based on voluntary cooperation

  2. a person who causes disorder or upheaval

Derived forms of anarchist

  • anarchistic, adjective

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