activist etymology

English word activist comes from English active, English -ist

Detailed word origin of activist

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
active English (eng) A person or thing that is acting or capable of acting. (gay sexual slang) (of a homosexual man) enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner.. (heading, grammar) About verbs.. (specifically, of a volcano) Being an active volcano. Compare extinct and dormant. Applied to a form of the verb; — opposed to passive. See active voice.. Applied to [...]
-ist English (eng) Added to words to form nouns denoting:. A person who holds bigoted, partial views.. A person who uses a technological device of some kind. ;a person with a particular creative or academic role. ;one who has a certain political tendency. ;one who owns or manages something. ;one who subscribes to a particular theological doctrine or religious denomination;.
activist English (eng) One who is conspicuously active in carrying out any occupational or professional functions.. One who is politically active in the role of a citizen; especially, one who campaigns for change. Behaving as an activist.

Words with the same origin as activist

Descendants of active
activate interaction
Descendants of -ist
archaeologist biologist ist journalist novelist pathologist pharmacist physicist receptionist sexist socialist stylist