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[ak-tuh-vist] /ˈæk tə vɪst/

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.

“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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