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federalist

[fed-er-uh-list] /ˈfɛd ər ə lɪst/
noun
1.
an advocate of federalism.
2.
(initial capital letter) U.S. History. a member or supporter of the Federalist party.
adjective
3.
Also, federalistic. of federalism or the Federalists.
Origin of federalist
1780-1790
1780-90, Americanism; federal + -ist
Related forms
hyperfederalist, noun

Federalist, The

noun
1.
a series of 85 essays (1787–88) by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, written in support of the Constitution.
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  • At news of this, the fast-weakening New York federalist chieftain became frantic.

  • His colleague and every other federalist voted in the negative.

  • Still it was in the main only natural for him to regard himself as a federalist of the Adams faction.

    John Quincy Adams John. T. Morse
  • He wrote fifty-one out of the eighty-five essays of The federalist.

    Immortal Memories Clement Shorter
  • In it he defended the war, which had been bitterly assailed in the address to the governor made by the federalist Assembly.

    Martin Van Buren Edward M. Shepard
British Dictionary definitions for federalist

Federalist

/ˈfɛdərəlɪst/
noun
1.
a supporter or member of the Federalist party
adjective
2.
characteristic of the Federalists
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Word Origin and History for federalist
n.

"member or supporter of the Federal party in U.S. politics," originally of supporters of the Philadelphia constitution, 1787, American English, from federal + -ist. General sense of "one who supports federal union" is from 1792.

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