• synonyms


or hac·tiv·ism

[ hak-tuh-viz-uh m ]
/ ˈhæk təˌvɪz əm /


the practice of gaining unauthorized access to a computer system and carrying out various disruptive actions as a means of achieving political or social goals: In this form of hacktivism, the hacker tries to alter or deface a government website.



Nearby words

hackmatack, hackney, hackney coach, hackneyed, hacksaw, hacktivism, hacktivist, hackwork, hacky sack, had, had better

Origin of hacktivism

1995–2000; hack1 (in the computer sense) + (ac)tivism
Related formshack·tiv·ist, hac·tiv·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hacktivist

  • The hacktivist group Anonymous wants to enter the world of journalism, in Anonymous fashion, of course.

    Anonymous Looks to Expand Into News|Ilana Glazer|April 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • But the Lizard Squad was able to get one thing done: Piss off Anonymous, the best known of the hacktivist collectives.

    The Attack on the Hidden Internet|Marc Rogers|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for hacktivist


/ (ˈhæktɪvɪst) /


informal a person who breaks into a computer system in order to pursue a political or social aim
Derived Formshacktivism, noun

Word Origin for hacktivist

C21: blend of hacker and activist
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