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separatist

[sep-er-uh-tist, -uh-rey-] /ˈsɛp ər ə tɪst, -əˌreɪ-/
noun
1.
a person who separates, withdraws, or secedes, as from an established church.
2.
an advocate of separation, especially ecclesiastical or political separation.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or designating separatism or separatists:
separatist forces; separatist tendencies.
Origin of separatist
1600-1610
1600-10; separate (adj.) + -ist
Related forms
separatism, noun
antiseparatist, noun
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  • Those ideas can be applied, either from the standpoint of the Union or from that of separatism.

  • It is one of the glaring weaknesses of the policy of Free Imports that it actually puts a premium on separatism.

  • In one of his works he has given some details respecting his conversion to separatism.

  • Hubbard was of Presbyterian tendencies and totally opposed to all forms of separatism.

    The Beginners of a Nation Edward Eggleston.
  • The second was the so-called Cossack separatism or self-determination.

    The Russian Turmoil Anton Ivanovich Denikin
  • separatism in some form existed before Browne's zeal made it a thorn in the side of the bishops.

    The Beginners of a Nation Edward Eggleston.
  • separatism has even less virtue than any of the other isms, for it is the abstraction of a negation, the shadow of a shadow.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
British Dictionary definitions for separatism

separatist

/ˈsɛpərətɪst; ˈsɛprə-/
noun
1.
  1. a person who advocates or practises secession from an organization or group
  2. (as modifier): a separatist movement
Derived Forms
separatism, noun
separatistic, adjective

Separatist

/ˈsɛpərətɪst; ˈsɛprə-/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capital) a person who advocates the secession of a province, esp Quebec, from Canada
Derived Forms
Separatism, noun
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Word Origin and History for separatism
n.

1620s, from separate + -ism. First used in a denominational religious sense; from 1866 in a political sense.

separatist

c.1600, from separate + -ist. First used in a denominational religious sense; of political separations from 1871.

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