sep·​a·​rat·​ism | \ ˈse-p(ə-)rə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce separatism (audio) \

Definition of separatism

: a belief in, movement for, or state of separation (such as schism, secession, or segregation)

Examples of separatism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Opinion polls show that the French public overwhelmingly supports the government’s campaign against separatism. Washington Post, "France unveils draft law to boost ‘republican principles’ as debate over Islamism rages," 9 Dec. 2020 The notorious former Ku Klux Klan leader who rose to prominence in the 1980s while promoting white separatism and stoking racial violence. Anchorage Daily News, "Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020," 8 Dec. 2020 There is no evidence that Muslim schools, independent schools or home-schooling are the root problems of radicalization and Islamic separatism in France. Carol Ferrara, The Conversation, "Muslim schools are allies in France’s fight against radicalization – not the cause," 24 Nov. 2020 Malcolm aimed to show the Klansmen (and the Black Muslims in the room, too) that Black separatism, as propounded by Muhammad, was economically and racially opposed to Klan-style segregation. Kerri Greenidge, The Atlantic, "The Making of Malcolm X," 15 Oct. 2020 In an interview on France BFM TV, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin praised laïcité while criticizing the separate sale of halal foods in grocery stores as a seed of religious separatism. NBC News, "France has long embraced secularism. After beheading, will it be used to oppress?," 22 Oct. 2020 Some historians say the action helped lay the groundwork for the Quiet Revolution, a period of profound political and social change in the province that saw the rise of secularism and separatism. Washington Post, "‘Asbestos’ no more: Canadian town opts for less carcinogenic name," 20 Oct. 2020 Were there a lot more people living in the Pelican State that believed in white privilege, in racial separatism by region, by nation? Arkansas Online, "OPINION | ART ENGLISH: Seeds of white nationalism," 11 Oct. 2020 Beijing frames these moves as its way of rooting out terrorism, separatism, and religious extremism. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "Saving Uighur Culture From Genocide," 4 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of separatism

1628, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2021

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“Separatism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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