: a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person
: one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance
political partisans who see only one side of the problem
: a member of a body of detached light troops making forays and harassing an enemy
Peasant partisans assaulted the French army.
: a member of a guerrilla band operating within enemy lines
Polish partisans had blown up two trains—Springfield (Massachusetts) Union
: feeling, showing, or deriving from strong and sometimes blind adherence to a particular party, faction, cause, or person : exhibiting, characterized by, or resulting from partisanship
Secularism is indeed correlated with greater tolerance of gay marriage and pot legalization. But it's also making America's partisan clashes more brutal.—Peter Beinart The editorial page of the newspaper captured the mood of an America frustrated by partisan division …—Joseph Cress The modern Democratic party may honor the cerebral Jefferson as one of its founders, but the true paternity lies with the fiercely partisan Jackson. He made it a fighting electoral force.—Bernard A. Weisberger
: of, carried on by, or being military partisans
: a weapon of the 16th and 17th centuries with long shaft and broad blade
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