Does "anarchist" have a definition?

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I am not even sure anymore of what "anarchist" means. I'm confused to the core right now :confused:. Unnecessary background to explain the why of my question: (You don't need to read it as it makes no difference to my question for which I ask for help)

I ask this question because a Wikipedia article describes a historical woman of my country as an anarchist, but I find the source questionable. I thought an anarchist was someone who found some forms of government unnecessary and unhealthy (harmful for the people), but that woman fought so that women of my country would have the same rights as men to vote. She also worked closely with the past government of my place to establish other kinds of rights for people in general. If my understanding of "anarchist" were to be right, *me thinks* why would she want the women of my country to be able to vote for a government in those times instead of trying to displace that government of the time? It makes no sense to me according to my understanding.

The source itself doesn't even exists anymore. The source was a blog written by a woman of another country. It is an archive and the blog article itself mentions no references for what is written there. It is basically a reference to someone writing an essay without references. I tried to connect their relationship, but found nothing. All I found was that this other woman who wrote that blog which doesn't even exist anymore currently holds a position with considerable power at a government branch of another country.

I really hope my understanding of what an "anarchist" is, is actually wrong, because this is all fuzzy.

Can I get help understanding what "anarchist" means if it is that there is an actual consensus of what it means? Or could it be that this is a term for which there is no consensus for its definition?
 
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It has a strict dictionary definition, which is easily looked up, but like many politically charged words, it is applied by various people to whomever they choose to apply it to, regardless of whether or not there would be any general consensus regarding their usage.
 
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It has a strict dictionary definition, which is easily looked up, but like many politically charged words, it is applied by various people to whomever they choose to apply it to, regardless of whether or not there would be any general consensus regarding their usage.
I see. That certainly explain my observations then. Thank you.
 

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Most probably she was going with the ideas of Proudhon, Bakunin etc. Early labour rights movements and a competitor of communism. Why don't you read the wikipedia article on anarchism?
 

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