fed·​er·​al·​ist | \ ˈfe-d(ə-)rə-list How to pronounce federalist (audio) \

Definition of federalist

1 : an advocate of federalism: such as
a often capitalized : an advocate of a federal union between the American colonies after the Revolution and of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution
b often capitalized : world federalist
2 capitalized : a member of a major political party in the early years of the U.S. favoring a strong centralized national government

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federalist adjective, often capitalized

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His consultancy, North Star Research, is based in a stately federalist row house in Alexandria. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Can Donald Trump, the Most Unpopular President Ever, Save Republicans From a Massive Defeat in 2018?," 21 Feb. 2018 The Federalists against the Anti-federalists, Abraham Lincoln against Stephen Douglas, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. against George Wallace. Time, "Colleges Are an 'Echo Chamber of Political Correctness.' Read Jeff Sessions' Speech on Campus Free Speech," 11 Sep. 2017 That Senate Republicans have introduced legislation allowing states to waive out of some—not all, but just some—of ObamaCare’s myriad mandates should give true federalists little comfort. WSJ, "The Senate Isn’t Saving the 10th Amendment," 11 July 2017 Sadly, the Trump administration and the GOP are far from the only fair-weather federalists in politics. Ilya Somin, National Review, "No More Fair-Weather Federalism," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of federalist

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of federalist was in 1774

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English Language Learners Definition of federalist

: a supporter of federal government especially, US : a supporter of the U.S. Constitution
US : a member of a major political party in the early years of the U.S. that wanted a strong central government

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