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 His family and friends believe he was executed on charges of separatism after a secret trial. Brendan Dodd, National Review, "It’s Time for Cornell University to Reconsider Its Ties to the Chinese Communist Party," 9 Apr. 2021 Now, the government is increasingly adopting a more combative approach, seeking to justify its policies as necessary to combat terrorism and separatism in the region. New York Times, "China Tries to Counter Xinjiang Backlash With … a Musical?," 5 Apr. 2021 The liberal Citizens, which started as a small party in Barcelona to stop separatism in 2006, collapsed from having won the 2017 elections with 36 seats as the flagbearer of unionism to just 6 seats, putting its future as a party in doubt. Joseph Wilson, Star Tribune, "Separatist win in Catalan election ripples throughout Spain," 15 Feb. 2021 McKissick insisted that Soul City represented neither a step back towards segregation nor a domestic version of the separatism espoused by Black nationalists like Malcolm X. Divya Subramanian, The New Republic, "The Lost Plan for a Black Utopian Town," 17 Mar. 2021 Malcolm went from a fiery Nation of Islam leader who preached Black separatism to someone who embraced the common humanity of all people just before he was assassinated. John Blake, CNN, "Did Black lives matter to Abraham Lincoln? It's complicated," 14 Mar. 2021 Malcolm X was a powerful orator who rose to prominence as the national spokesman of the Nation of Islam, an African-American Muslim group that espoused Black separatism. NBC News, "Malcolm X's family releases letter alleging FBI, police role in his death," 22 Feb. 2021 The letter claims there was a conspiracy on the part of the NYPD and FBI to kill Malcolm X, who was the national spokesman for the Nation of Islam and was a proponent of black separatism. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Family of Malcolm X releases letter claiming FBI and NYPD played a role in his assassination," 22 Feb. 2021 Malcolm X was a human rights activist and prominent Black nationalist leader who served as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam, an African-American Muslim group that embraced Black separatism, during the 1950s and 1960s. Mckay Bolden, CBS News, "Malcolm X's family reveals letter implicating FBI and NYPD in his assassination," 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of separatism

1628, in the meaning defined above

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14 Apr 2021

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

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