sep·​a·​rat·​ist | \ˈse-p(ə-)rə-tist, 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

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Other Words from separatist

separatist adjective
separatistic \ ˌse-​p(ə-​)rə-​ˈti-​stik \ adjective

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The Catalan separatist movement has caused the worst political and institutional crisis in Spain in decades. Aritz Parra,, "Catalan lawmakers vote in new separatist chief Torra," 14 May 2018 While that rhetoric is a welcome change for separatists accustomed to Mr. Rajoy’s hard-line stance, Mr. Sánchez is unlikely to offer pro-independence Catalans any kind of major political concessions. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Spain Ceases Direct Rule in Catalonia," 2 June 2018 Russia was ousted from the elite group in 2014 as punishment for Putin’s annexation of Crimea and its support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. Catherine Lucey,, "White House announces date, location of Trump’s meeting with Putin," 28 June 2018 Russia was ousted from the elite group in 2014 as punishment for President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and its support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. Catherine Lucey, Time, "Trump Says Russia Should Be Reinstated to G-7 Ahead of Summit," 8 June 2018 That prompted direct rule from Madrid, lifted only now that the separatists, who won a regional election in December, have at last agreed on a new government. The Economist, "What Spain owes the ejected Mariano Rajoy," 7 June 2018 While separatists had hoped Mr. Puigdemont could avoid extradition altogether, Thursday’s decision is likely to invigorate Catalonia’s pro-independence forces. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "German Court Authorizes Extradition to Spain of Catalonia’s Former Leader," 12 July 2018 White nationalists to protest at Tennessee Pridefest The Knoxville LGBTQ community is anticipating a disruption at the city's Pridefest on Saturday: a white separatist rally. Editors, USA TODAY, "Saudi women drivers, Tennessee Pride, World Cup and 5 things to know this weekend," 23 June 2018 Putin has been vilified in the West for Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and then backing the pro-Russia separatist militias in eastern Ukraine. Sabra Ayres,, "'We're the fans. We make the party': Icy relations aside, soccer fans pour into Russia for World Cup," 12 June 2018

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1608, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of separatist

: a member of a group of people who want to form a new country, religion, etc., that is separate from the one they are in now

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