Activist



an especially , vigorous advocate of a cause, especially a political cause.
of or relating to or activists:
an activist organization for environmental concern.
advocating or opposing a cause or issue vigorously, especially a political cause:
Activist opponents of the president picketed the White House.
Contemporary Examples

Others, like the prominent Roma activist Valeriu Nicholae, speak of its “rapid dissolution.”
Roma Children Face Segregation In EU Schools Amana Fontanella-Khan March 7, 2014

I visited Homs two weeks ago and spoke to an activist there by phone this week.
Syrian Army Looks Poised to Attack Homs James Harkin December 13, 2011

If FAIR v. Rumsfeld is a good measure, she will not be an activist judge.
What Really Happened at Harvard Samuel P. Jacobs May 9, 2010

Staley was someone who never intended to become an activist.
New Documentary ‘How to Survive a Plague’ Details ACT UP’s Heroic Role in AIDS Battle Stephen Farber September 25, 2012

One activist got 11 years for posting pro-democracy messages in public.
Burmese Spring or Phony Thaw? Melinda Liu March 9, 2012

Historical Examples

It is the fear lest abroad it may be imagined that there really is an “activist” movement in Belgium.
Current History, Vol. VIII, No. 3, June 1918 Various

We are not speaking of a reactionary revolution but of the “activist.”
The New Society Walther Rathenau

Because marriage is a sacred institution and the foundation of society, it should not be re-defined by activist judges.
Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to 2006 Various

This school of medicine advocated a return to clinical observation and a reduction of activist intervention.
Bloodletting Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology Audrey Davis

They’re concerned about unethical conduct by public officials, and discouraged by activist courts that try to redefine marriage.
Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to 2006 Various

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.

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