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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-tuh-vist]
    • /ˈæk tə vɪst/
    • /ˈæk.tɪ.vɪst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-tuh-vist]
    • /ˈæk tə vɪst/

Definitions of activist word

  • countable noun activist An activist is a person who works to bring about political or social changes by campaigning in public or working for an organization. 3
  • noun activist an especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause, especially a political cause. 1
  • adjective activist of or relating to activism or activists: an activist organization for environmental concern. 1
  • adjective activist advocating or opposing a cause or issue vigorously, especially a political cause: Activist opponents of the president picketed the White House. 1
  • noun activist One who is politically active in the role of a citizen; especially, one who campaigns for change. 1
  • noun activist politics: militant 1

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Origin of activist

First appearance:

before 1905
One of the 15% newest English words
First recorded in 1905-10; active + -ist

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Activist


activist popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

activist usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for activist

noun activist

  • revolutionary — of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of a revolution, or a sudden, complete, or marked change: a revolutionary junta.
  • advocate — If you advocate a particular action or plan, you recommend it publicly.
  • opponent — a person who is on an opposing side in a game, contest, controversy, or the like; adversary.
  • devotee — Someone who is a devotee of a subject or activity is very enthusiastic about it.
  • bigot — If you describe someone as a bigot, you mean that they are bigoted.

Antonyms for activist

noun activist

  • conservative — A Conservative politician or voter is a member of or votes for the Conservative Party in Britain.
  • moderate — kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense: a moderate price.

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