Definition of Chartist noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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a member of a group of people in Britain in the 1830s and 1840s who supported the People's Charter. This document demanded improvements to the political system, such as the right to vote for all adult men, the right to vote in secret, and the right to become a Member of Parliament without owning land. Over three million people signed the Charter, and some Chartists took part in political violence, but most of the changes they demanded were not made until much later.