controversialist

Definitions of controversialist
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n a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy

Synonyms:
disputant, eristic
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Simone de Beauvoir
French feminist and existentialist and novelist (1908-1986)
Henry Ward Beecher
United States clergyman who was a leader for the abolition of slavery (1813-1887)
Julian Bond
United States civil rights leader who was elected to the legislature in Georgia but was barred from taking his seat because he opposed the Vietnam War (born 1940)
John Brown
abolitionist who was hanged after leading an unsuccessful raid at Harper's Ferry, Virginia (1800-1859)
Rachel Louise Carson
United States biologist remembered for her opposition to the use of pesticides that were hazardous to wildlife (1907-1964)
Anthony Comstock
United States reformer who led moral crusades against art and literature that he considered obscene (1844-1915)
Dorothea Lynde Dix
United States social reformer who pioneered in the reform of prisons and in the treatment of the mentally ill; superintended women army nurses during the American Civil War (1802-1887)
Frederick Douglass
United States abolitionist who escaped from slavery and became an influential writer and lecturer in the North (1817-1895)
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois
United States civil rights leader and political activist who campaigned for equality for Black Americans (1868-1963)
Medgar Wiley Evers
United States civil rights worker in Mississippi; was killed by a sniper (1925-1963)
James Leonard Farmer
United States civil rights leader who in 1942 founded the Congress of Racial Equality (born in 1920)
Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan
United States feminist who founded a national organization for women (born in 1921)
William Lloyd Garrison
United States abolitionist who published an anti-slavery journal (1805-1879)
Charlotte Anna Perkins Gilman
United States feminist (1860-1935)
John Huss
Czechoslovakian religious reformer who anticipated the Reformation; he questioned the infallibility of the Catholic Church was excommunicated (1409) for attacking the corruption of the clergy; he was burned at the stake (1372-1415)
Jesse Louis Jackson
United States civil rights leader who led a national campaign against racial discrimination and ran for presidential nomination (born in 1941)
Martin Luther King Jr.
United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968)
Malcolm Little
militant civil rights leader (1925-1965)
James Howard Meredith
United States civil rights leader whose college registration caused riots in traditionally segregated Mississippi (born in 1933)
Lucretia Coffin Mott
United States feminist and suffragist (1793-1880)
Elijah Muhammad
leader of Black Muslims who campaigned for independence for Black Americans (1897-1975)
Carry Amelia Moore Nation
United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911)
Robert Owen
Welsh industrialist and social reformer who founded cooperative communities (1771-1858)
Rosa Parks
United States civil rights leader who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery (Alabama) and so triggered the national Civil Rights movement (born in 1913)
Alice Paul
United States feminist (1885-1977)
Paul Bustill Robeson
United States bass singer and an outspoken critic of racism and proponent of socialism (1898-1976)
Girolamo Savonarola
Italian religious and political reformer; a Dominican friar in Florence who preached against sin and corruption and gained a large following; he expelled the Medici from Florence but was later excommunicated and executed for criticizing the Pope (1452-1498)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
United States suffragist and feminist; called for reform of the practices that perpetuated sexual inequality (1815-1902)
Gloria Steinem
United States feminist (born in 1934)
Lucy Stone
United States feminist and suffragist (1818-1893)
Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes
birth-control campaigner who in 1921 opened the first birth control clinic in London (1880-1958)
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe
United States writer of a novel about slavery that advanced the abolitionists' cause (1811-1896)
Arthur Tappan
United States abolitionist (1786-1865)
Francis Everett Townsend
United States social reformer who proposed an old-age pension sponsored by the federal government; his plan was a precursor to Social Security (1867-1960)
Sojourner Truth
United States abolitionist and feminist who was freed from slavery and became a leading advocate of the abolition of slavery and for the rights of women (1797-1883)
Harriet Tubman
United States abolitionist born a slave on a plantation in Maryland and became a famous conductor on the Underground Railroad leading other slaves to freedom in the North (1820-1913)
Nat Turner
United States slave and insurrectionist who in 1831 led a rebellion of slaves in Virginia; he was captured and executed (1800-1831)
Denmark Vesey
United States freed slave and insurrectionist in South Carolina who was involved in planning an uprising of slaves and was hanged (1767-1822)
Sir William Wallace
Scottish insurgent who led the resistance to Edward I; in 1297 he gained control of Scotland briefly until Edward invaded Scotland again and defeated Wallace and subsequently executed him (1270-1305)
Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth
English economist and conservationist (1914-1981)
Theodore Dwight Weld
United States abolitionist (1803-1895)
John Wilkes
English reformer who published attacks on George III and supported the rights of the American colonists (1727-1797)
Roy Wilkins
United States civil rights leader (1901-1981)
Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard
United States advocate of temperance and women's suffrage (1839-1898)
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
English writer and early feminist who denied male supremacy and advocated equal education for women; mother of Mary Shelley (1759-1797)
Frances Wright
United States early feminist (born in Scotland) (1795-1852)
Whitney Moore Young Jr.
United States civil rights leader (1921-1971)
Types:
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contester
someone who contests an outcome (of a race or an election etc.)
accuser
someone who imputes guilt or blame
arguer, debater
someone who engages in debate
denier
one who denies
hairsplitter
a disputant who makes unreasonably fine distinctions
logomach, logomachist
someone given to disputes over words
obstructer, obstructionist, obstructor, resister, thwarter
someone who systematically obstructs some action that others want to take
quarreler, quarreller
a disputant who quarrels
crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer
a disputant who advocates reform
abolitionist, emancipationist
a reformer who favors abolishing slavery
birth-control campaigner, birth-control reformer
a social reformer who advocates birth control and family planning
Chartist
a 19th century English reformer who advocated better social and economic conditions for working people
civil rights activist, civil rights leader, civil rights worker
a leader of the political movement dedicated to securing equal opportunity for members of minority groups
demonstrator, protester
someone who participates in a public display of group feeling
devil's advocate
someone who takes the worse side just for the sake of argument
dry, prohibitionist
a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
conservationist, environmentalist
someone who works to protect the environment from destruction or pollution
feminist, libber, women's liberationist, women's rightist
a supporter of feminism
flower child, hippie, hippy, hipster
someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle
freedom fighter, insurgent, insurrectionist, rebel
a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
activist, militant
a militant reformer
naysayer
someone with an aggressively negative attitude
non-resistant, passive resister
a reformer who believes in passive resistance
preservationist
someone who advocates the preservation of historical sites or endangered species or natural areas
confuter, disprover, rebutter, refuter
a debater who refutes or disproves by offering contrary evidence or argument
stonewaller
one who stonewalls or refuses to answer or cooperate; someone who delays by lengthy speeches etc.
Utopian
an idealistic (but usually impractical) social reformer
wrangler
someone who argues noisily or angrily
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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