What is another word for gadfly?

180 synonyms found


[ ɡˈadfla͡ɪ], [ ɡˈadfla‍ɪ], [ ɡ_ˈa_d_f_l_aɪ]

Gadfly, a term originally coined by Plato to describe Socrates, refers to someone who persistently and annoyingly urges others, especially those in positions of power, to take action or to consider a particular issue. Synonyms include provocateur, instigator, annoyance, irritant, pest, nuisance, troublemaker, meddler, agitator, and rabble-rouser. The word gadfly is often used in political contexts to describe someone who challenges the status quo and holds those in power accountable. However, the term may also be used to describe individuals who are simply irritating or disruptive. Despite its negative connotations, gadflies play a critical role in advocating for change and holding those in power accountable.

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How to use "Gadfly" in context?

A gadfly is an insect that lives in or near water. It is distinguished from other insects by its long slender wings, which are covered with tiny hairs. These hairs help the gadfly to stay even afloat when it is in the water. The gadfly ranges in size from a few millimeters to one centimeter.

The gadfly is a carnivore and its diet includes both small insects and other aquatic animals. It can inflict serious damage to crops and other plants by sucking the juices out of them.

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