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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 separatists
  • separatists said they had not met with the nation's aviation minister.
  • The move may now dispel an irredentist bogeyman often cited by separatists.
  • Politicians in the centre worried that the extra financial clout of the provinces could encourage separatists.
  • Forlorn separatists there are still locked up for unfurling flags.
  • The continued influence of ethnic separatists in positions of authority also hindered minority returns.
  • It generally is believed that separatists carried out many of these, and other, killings.
  • There was no significant violence in spite of threats by militant groups and boycott calls by separatists.
British Dictionary definitions for separatists

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 separatists

separatist

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

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