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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 separatist
  • In my opinion, this type of separatist verbiage should be expunged from the modern scientific lexicon.
  • It attempts to expand the current stagnant separatist border condition into an integrative, production oriented landscape.
  • He's the top aboveground figure in an otherwise underground separatist movement.
  • He becomes a separatist, choosing his friends-and enemies-based on ethnicity.
  • To non-Canadians, the continuing appeal of the separatist cause looks baffling.
  • And yet it is uncertain whether a repeal of the law would do anything to calm separatist leaders and their followers.
  • separatist tensions have eased, but it remains prone to sectarian and ethnic violence.
  • Tension there is again high as a state election, which separatist leaders want boycotted, is under way.
British Dictionary definitions for separatist

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 separatist

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

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