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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, pertaining to, or designating separatism or separatists:
separatist forces; separatist tendencies.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; separate (adj.) + -ist
Related forms
separatism, noun
antiseparatist, noun
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Examples for separatism
  • Bilingualism there has led to separatism and growing animosity.
  • But anyone wanting to find out what the parties really stand for on issues such as health, education or separatism is struggling.
  • The strategies define terrorism and note that separatism and religious extremism are security risks.
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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