secessionist

[si-sesh-uh-nist]
noun
1.
a person who secedes, advocates secession, or claims secession as a constitutional right.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to secession or secessionists.

Origin:
1850–55, Americanism; secession + -ist

secessionism, noun
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secession (sɪˈsɛʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of seceding
2.  chiefly (US) (often capital) the withdrawal in 1860--61 of 11 Southern states from the Union to form the Confederacy, precipitating the American Civil War
 
[C17: from Latin sēcessiō a withdrawing, from sēcēdere to secede]
 
se'cessional
 
adj
 
se'cessionism
 
n
 
se'cessionist
 
n, —adj

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secessionist
1860, first recorded in U.S. context, from secession + -ist (colloquial short form secesh is attested from 1861); the earlier noun had been seceder, but this had religious overtones, especially in reference to Scottish Church history.
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Example sentences
The town was also a hotbed of secessionist sentiment.
It has been nationalist or secessionist, and it has been criminal on a new and devastating scale.
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