from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A proponent or practitioner of activism: political activists.
- adj. Of, relating to, or engaged in activism.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being an activist.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. one who is politically active in the role of a citizen; especially, one who campaigns for change
- n. one who is conspicuously active in carrying out any occupational or professional functions.
- adj. Behaving as an activist.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. one who is aggressively active on behalf of a cause.
- adj. advocating a cause or engaged in activism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. advocating or engaged in activism
- n. a militant reformer
I think people can be confused by the term "activist".
You know, the term activist judge wearing its hat again with the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
So, Carol, we hear the term activist judge a lot lately.
The term activist judge refers to judges who make rulings based on what they feel the law SHOULD be.
Others have mentioned to me that the word activist conjures echoes of communist, terrorist, and feminist.
As an active campaigner, I hate the term activist, I know that the vast majority of the MPs, from all sides of the political spectrum do NOT lie to get elected.
What if all the activist is asking is that the animals be treated * humanely*?
As such, the Definer decided to offer a kernel or two of opinion on the subject of marriage, to which the AP lent an ear: President Bush said the â€œsacred institutionâ€ of marriage between a man and a woman must be defended against what he called activist court rulings.
In a Senate floor speech in which he sharply criticized a recent Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty, Cornyn R-Tex. -- a former Texas Supreme Court justice and member of the Judiciary Committee -- said Americans are growing increasingly frustrated by what he describes as activist jurists.
If you thought he was talking tough before, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is hitting harder at what he calls activist judges.