anarchist[an′ər kist′, -är′kist]
Leo Tolstoy is an example of a famous anarchist.
- a person who believes in or advocates anarchism
- a person who promotes anarchy, as by flouting or ignoring rules, duties, or accepted standards of conduct
- One who believes in or advocates the absence of hierarchy and authority in most forms (compare anarchism), especially one who works toward the realization of such.
- One who disregards laws and social norms as a form of rebellion against authority.
- (By extension from previous sense), one who promotes chaos and lawlessness; a nihilist.
- One who resents outside control or influence on his or her life, in particular a government, and therefore desires the absence of political control.
- Self-identified anarchists in sense 1 may object to the use of this term in senses 2 and 3.
(comparative more anarchist, superlative most anarchist)
- (somewhat rare) Relating to anarchism or to anarchists.
From French anarchiste, from Ancient Greek ἀναρχία (anarkhia) from the roots ἀν- (an-, “without”) + ἀρχή (arkhe, “rule”).