sep·​a·​rat·​ist | \ ˈse-p(ə-)rə-tist How to pronounce separatist (audio) , ˈse-pə-ˌrā- \

Definition of separatist

: one that favors separatism: such as
a capitalized : one of a group of 16th and 17th century English Protestants preferring to separate from rather than to reform the Church of England
b : an advocate of independence or autonomy for a part of a political unit (such as a nation)
c : an advocate of racial or cultural separation

Other Words from separatist

separatist adjective
separatistic \ ˌse-​p(ə-​)rə-​ˈti-​stik How to pronounce separatist (audio) \ adjective

Examples of separatist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The organizations include the Basque separatist group ETA , the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo, the radical Jewish group Kahane Kach and two Islamic groups that have been active in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Egypt. Matthew Lee, ajc, 15 May 2022 That experience and seeing what happened in the nearby separatist enclaves and in Russia in the intervening years turned the city’s residents against Moscow, Ms. Levinchuk said. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2022 The Ukrainian leader has also suggested that relinquishing Ukrainian claims to Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, and Donbas, a southeastern region that’s home to a pro-Russia separatist movement, were also up for discussion. Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2022 The village was cut in two: one part in Ukraine and the other controlled by pro-Russian separatist forces. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 Malofeyev had been sanctioned for threatening Ukraine and providing financial support to the Donetsk separatist region, the Justice Department said. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Ukraine's military intelligence chief last week suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to cleave western Ukraine from the Russian-separatist portions of the east and create a divide much like the one between North and South Korea. Richard Galant, CNN, 3 Apr. 2022 Moscow has said its forces are concentrating on the east, where Russia has backed pro-Moscow separatist forces since 2014. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2022 As a literary critic, Gates made an impact on the field by helping to establish a canon of African American literature—one that was neither separatist nor a mere appendage to the traditional, white canon. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of separatist

1608, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Separatist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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