Meaning of “activism” in the English Dictionary

"activism" in British English

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activismnoun [ U ]

us uk /ˈæk.tɪ.vɪ.zəm/

the use of direct and noticeable action to achieve a result, usually a political or social one:

black/student activism
The levels of political activism in this country have greatly declined.

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  • Human rights activists have accused the country's government of a systematic perpetration of violence against minority groups.
  • Local activist groups have become increasingly vociferous as the volume of traffic passing through the village has grown.
  • a martyred civil rights activist
  • a green activist

(Definition of “activism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"activism" in American English

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activismnoun [ U ]

us /ˈæk·təˌvɪz·əm/

the use of direct and public methods to try to bring about esp. social and political changes that you and others want:

political/social activism
activist
noun [ C ] us /ˈæk·tə·vɪst/

a civil-rights activist

(Definition of “activism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)