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secessionist

[si-sesh-uh-nist] /sɪˈsɛʃ ə nɪst/
noun
1.
a person who secedes, advocates secession, or claims secession as a constitutional right.
adjective
2.
of or relating to secession or secessionists.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; secession + -ist
Related forms
secessionism, noun
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  • 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.
Word Origin and History for secessionist
n.

1860, first recorded in U.S. context, from secession + -ist (colloquial short form secesh, noun and adjective, 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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