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

Examples of secessionist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trend is bipartisan and transregional; secessionist sentiment has even emerged in the last two states to join the union—Alaska and Hawaii. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Is America a Myth?," 8 Sep. 2020 The law outlaws subversive, secessionist and terrorist activity, as well as collusion with foreign powers to interfere in the city's internal affairs. David Rising, Star Tribune, "Hong Kong summons German consul in friction over asylum case," 22 Oct. 2020 Today, America is littered with prideful secessionist movements. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Is America a Myth?," 8 Sep. 2020 Of course, Baltimore cannot be called a Northern city like New York (although secessionist sympathy remained strong for a time in the latter). Harold Holzer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Northern Publishers Cashed In on Fundraising for Confederate Monuments," 7 July 2020 The government says the security law targets only a small number of people who engage in secessionist and subversive behavior. Zen Soo, Star Tribune, "As Hong Kongers seek to emigrate, some simply can't leave," 11 Aug. 2020 And late last night, officers from the police’s new national security department arrested four students for allegedly posting secessionist content on social media. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Iran-style “elections” are coming to Hong Kong," 30 July 2020 The legislation prohibits what Beijing views as secessionist, subversive or terrorist activities or as foreign intervention in Hong Kong affairs. Washington Post, "Over 200,000 vote in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy primaries," 12 July 2020 The national security law prohibits what Beijing views as secessionist, subversive, or terrorist activities or as foreign intervention in Hong Kong affairs. Rod Mcguirk, The Christian Science Monitor, "UK and Australia turn their backs on China, welcome Hong Kongers," 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of secessionist

circa 1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of secessionist was circa 1850

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“Secessionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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