se·​ces·​sion·​ist | \si-ˈse-sh(ə-)nist \

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 \ noun
secessionist adjective

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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 Political parties in favor of Spanish unity boycotted the referendum, resulting in a lopsided win for the secessionists. Washington Post, "Spanish minister: Constitution is way to handle Catalonia," 9 June 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 The firebrand politician’s popularity has soared in the polls by transforming the League from a near-defunct secessionist group to a nativist, hard-right movement often compared with France’s National Front. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Anti-Europe Party’s Fortunes Rise in Italy’s Political Turmoil," 29 May 2018 Five weeks after his inauguration, the secessionists fired on Fort Sumter and the slaughter of the Civil War began. Sean Wilentz, New York Times, "A Battle for the ‘Soul of America’? It’s as Old as America, One Historian Notes," 21 May 2018 Lawyers for a prominent Catalan secessionist being held in a Madrid jail have made another request to Spain's Supreme Court for him to be allowed to attend a plenary session in the northeastern region's parliament. Fox News, "Jailed Catalan separatist makes new bid to run for office," 12 Mar. 2018 The outcome is an ongoing constitutional crisis, with Madrid rejecting Catalonia’s declaration of independence and imposing direct rule, while jailing secessionist leaders or seeking extradition for those who fled abroad. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "As Referendums Roil Europe, the Dutch Reconsider," 5 Apr. 2018 Theories about the cause of the crash include pilot miscalculations of altitude, sabotage and an attack from a warplane flown by a mercenary pilot for the secessionists. Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "U.N. Renews Push to Solve Its Biggest Mystery: Hammarskjold’s Death," 27 Mar. 2018

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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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