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[sep-er-uh-tist, -uh-rey-] /ˈsɛp ər ə tɪst, -əˌreɪ-/
a person who separates, withdraws, or secedes, as from an established church.
an advocate of separation, especially ecclesiastical or political separation.
of, relating to, or designating separatism or separatists:
separatist forces; separatist tendencies.
Origin of separatist
1600-10; separate (adj.) + -ist
Related forms
separatism, noun
antiseparatist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


/ˈsɛpərətɪst; ˈsɛprə-/
  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


/ˈsɛpərətɪst; ˈsɛprə-/
(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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