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partisan

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noun par·ti·san \ˈpär-tə-zən, -sən, -ˌzan, chiefly British ˌpär-tə-ˈzan\
variants: or less commonly

partizan

Definition of partisan

  1. 1 :  a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person; especially :  one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance <political partisans who see only one side of the problem>

  2. 2a :  a member of a body of detached light troops making forays and harassing an enemy <Peasant partisans assaulted the French army.>b :  a member of a guerrilla band operating within enemy lines <Polish partisans had blown up two trains — Springfield (Mass.) Union>

partisan

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partisanly

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partisanship

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Did You Know?

A partisan is someone who supports one part or party. Sometimes the support takes the form of military action, as when guerrilla fighters take on government forces. But partisan is actually most often used as an adjective, usually referring to support of a political party. so if you're accused of being too partisan, or of practicing partisan politics, it means you're mainly interested in boosting your own party and attacking the other one.

Origin and Etymology of partisan

Medieval 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

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noun par·ti·san \ˈpär-tə-zən, -sən\
variants: or

partizan

Definition of partisan

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

Origin and Etymology of partisan

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


First Known Use: 1542


PARTISAN Defined for Kids

partisan

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noun par·ti·san \ˈpär-tə-zən, -sən\

Definition of partisan for Students

  1. :  a person who strongly supports something or someone <I'm a partisan of the governor.>

partisanship

\-ˌship\ noun


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