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 (dĭ-vûr′zhə-nĭst, -shə-, dī-)
One engaged in diversionary, disruptive, or subversive activities.


a person involved in diversion or disruption


(dɪˈvɜr ʒə nɪst, -ʃə-, daɪ-)

a person engaged in diversionary activities.
di•ver′sion•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diversionist - someone who commits sabotage or deliberately causes wrecksdiversionist - someone who commits sabotage or deliberately causes wrecks
ruiner, uprooter, waster, destroyer, undoer - a person who destroys or ruins or lays waste to; "a destroyer of the environment"; "jealousy was his undoer"; "uprooters of gravestones"
sleeper - a spy or saboteur or terrorist planted in an enemy country who lives there as a law-abiding citizen until activated by a prearranged signal
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Tens of thousands of fighters expect more quantitative and qualitative arms and ammunition support, as well as political support for the opposition in the international arena, and finally processing and preparing to support Syria so as not to disintegrate because of the collapse of the regime or by a diversionist conspiracy.
426) In August 1937 the NKVD Central Committee issued Order Number 00485 on total liquidation of the Polish diversionist and espionage groups.
Analyzing the post-al logic of the left(2) is important because it not only reveals how the ludic left is complicit with capitalism but, for the more immediate purposes of this text-of-response, it allows us to relate the local discussions in these texts to global problems and to deal, in OR-2's [Laird's] words, with the "encompassing philosophical issues"(3) that are so violently suppressed by the diversionist uses of "detailism"(4) in these nine texts.