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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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  • This in itself is a remarkable stride in advance, which the separatist will find difficult to explain away.

  • Like most of the leaders of the separatist campaign, Agoncillo was astute.

    The Katipunan J. Brecknock Watson (AKA Francis St. Clair)
  • In our country many of the most eminent scholars are no believers in separatist criticism.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • But no one in Ireland in 1912 thought of a separatist rebellion.

  • Many of the best of the laity forsook their separatist principles and returned to the historic church of the old home.

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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