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partisan

noun par·ti·san \ˈpär-tə-zən, -sən, -ˌzan, chiefly British ˌpär-tə-ˈzan\

Definition of partisan

  1. 1 :  a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person; especially :  one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance

  2. 2 a :  a member of a body of detached light troops making forays and harassing an enemy b :  a member of a guerrilla band operating within enemy lines

partisan adjective
par·ti·san·ly play \-lē\ adverb
par·ti·san·ship play \-ˌship\ noun


Variants of partisan

also par·ti·zan play \ˈpär-tə-zən, -sən, -ˌzan, chiefly British ˌpär-tə-ˈzan\

Origin of partisan

Middle French partisan, from north Italian dialect partiźan, from part part, party, from Latin part-, pars part


First Known Use: 1555

Synonym Discussion of partisan

follower, adherent, disciple, partisan mean one who gives full loyalty and support to another. follower may apply to people who attach themselves either to the person or beliefs of another <an evangelist and his followers>. adherent suggests a close and persistent attachment <adherents to Marxism>. disciple implies a devoted allegiance to the teachings of one chosen as a master <disciples of Gandhi>. partisan suggests a zealous often prejudiced attachment <partisans of the President>.

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partisan

noun par·ti·san \ˈpär-tə-zən, -sən\

Definition of partisan

  1. :  a weapon of the 16th and 17th centuries with long shaft and broad blade



Variants of partisan

or par·ti·zan play \ˈpär-tə-zən, -sən\

Origin of partisan

Middle French partisane, from north Italian dialect partiźana, feminine of partiźan


First Known Use: 1556



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