separatist

noun
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

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Other Words from separatist

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

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At the same time separatist guerrillas from the Indian state of Assam created another internal conflict; they were eventually driven out by force in 2003. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "Why Everyone Is Traveling to Bhutan," 30 Mar. 2015 The showdown came amid the long-simmering conflict between the two countries, in which Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and supported separatists in Ukraine’s east with clandestine dispatches of troops and weapons. Yuras Karmanau, The Seattle Times, "Putin derides Ukraine’s martial law as political trick," 28 Nov. 2018 Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine has caused anxiety in Poland and elsewhere, as Moscow has continued to support separatists in eastern Ukraine. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Polish president proposes permanent US base called 'Fort Trump,' despite NATO restriction," 18 Sep. 2018 Other members dismissed the suggestion as inappropriate because the Kremlin continued to support rebel separatists in eastern Ukraine. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump, Putin to hold summit, officials say," 27 June 2018 China claims Tibet has been part of its territory for more than seven centuries and regards the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "China closes Tibet to foreigners for sensitive anniversaries," 19 Feb. 2019 Other armed groups taking part in the chaotic civil war, including southern separatists and local militias, will not be taking part in this week’s talks. Brian Rohan, The Seattle Times, "Expectations low as Yemen’s warring parties meet for talks," 4 Dec. 2018 Human rights groups have accused both the government and separatists of abuses including torture and the burning of homes. Fox News, "Women protest abuses in Cameroon Anglophone separatist fight," 7 Sep. 2018 Chechnya, a predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia, was devastated by wars between separatists and Russian forces. Hemza Hendawi, chicagotribune.com, "Reports: Salah considering retirement from Egypt due to Chechnya controversy," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of separatist

1608, in the meaning defined above

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separatist

noun

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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