Definition of separatist
: one that favors separatism: such asa capitalized : one of a group of 16th and 17th century English Protestants preferring to separate from rather than to reform the Church of Englandb : 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
separatisticplay \ˌse-p(ə-)rə-ˈtis-tik\ adjective
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The Night Wolves, a notorious Russian motorcycle gang, rumbled into Crimea to join forces with Cossacks and other separatists in pro-Russian demonstrations.
Sunday's march was largely incident-free, although around 200 people protested, variously calling it an affront to traditional values and to soldiers fighting pro-Russian separatist rebels in the eastern Donbass region.
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — A bomb planted in a dirt road killed six soldiers in southern Thailand on Monday, police said, in what apparently was an attack by Muslim separatists in an insurgency that has cost more than 6,500 lives since 2004.
In the past few years, Hong Kong has become a city seething with political discontent and has even witnessed the emergence of separatist and pro-independence sentiment.
The unrest has boosted fears that the Islamic State group's violent ideology is gaining a foothold in the country's restive southern islands, where Muslim separatist rebellions have raged for nearly half a century.
For years, Portland was the home base for Volksfront, a now-defunct white separatist organization founded in 1994, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.
The unrest has boosted fears that the violent ideology of the IS is gaining a foothold in the restive southern Philippines, where a Muslim separatist rebellion has raged for decades.
The unrest has boosted fears that the violent ideology of the IS is gaining a foothold in the restive southern islands, where a Muslim separatist rebellion has raged for decades.
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SEPARATIST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of separatist for English Language Learners
: 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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