se·​ces·​sion·​ist | \ si-ˈse-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce secessionist (audio) \

Definition of secessionist

: one who joins in a secession or maintains that secession is a right

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secessionism \ si-​ˈse-​shə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce secessionism (audio) \ noun
secessionist adjective

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At one point, protesters burned the Chinese national flag, a red line sure to rouse anger in China, where state media condemn the protesters as secessionists, mobsters, rioters and criminals. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: ‘Cockroaches’ vs. ‘terrorists': Can Hong Kong protesters and police dial down the rage?," 1 Sep. 2019 When the Civil War erupted between North and South in 1861, a wave of secessionist scares swept across the West. Kevin Waite, The New Republic, "California’s Forgotten Confederate History," 19 Aug. 2019 To have a quasi-secessionist movement in one territory — Hong Kong — inspiring young people in what Beijing considers a renegade province — Taiwan — on such an important anniversary would be too much for Xi to bear, analysts say. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "China is threatening to use force in Hong Kong — and hoping threats will suffice," 14 Aug. 2019 To state the obvious: Christians were found among both the abolitionists and the secessionists, the segregationists and the Freedom Riders. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan," 11 Dec. 2018 Other social media posts to Instagram with geotagging revealed that Spetznatz special forces were operating in the Donetsk People’s Republic—the name that Russians and secessionists have given to the separatists' territory in eastern Ukraine. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "After many opsec fails, Russia seeks to ban soldier social media spoilers," 12 Sep. 2018 In order to secure votes against Rajoy from Catalonia's separatists, Sanchez had to promise to open talks with the secessionists about the future of the northeastern region. Joseph Wilson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Spain's new leader Pedro Sanchez promises an end to corruption," 1 June 2018 Did secessionists have genuine reason to fear white Northern intentions? Gregory Downs, Washington Post, "Why did the North fight the Civil War?," 14 June 2019 While the ruling Socialists led by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez are trying to focus on social issues, the opposition parties on the right are competing for which of them can take a harder stance on reigning in the secessionists. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Spain’s new far-right campaigns to stop Catalan separatists," 30 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of secessionist

circa 1850, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of secessionist

: a person who thinks that a nation, state, etc., should separate from another and become independent

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