union·​ist | \ˈyün-yə-nist \

Definition of unionist 

: an advocate or supporter of union or unionism

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These cultural hot points include issues such as marches by the unionist Orange Order, flags and emblems. Allison Mcculloch, Washington Post, "Northern Ireland is in crisis because of a dispute over language," 2 Mar. 2018 Nor does liberalisation in rail lead to corner-cutting on safety, as many trade unionists have argued. The Economist, "Why Europe’s train network needs more, not less, competition," 28 June 2018 Leadon’s tale is a whirl of characters: architects and landlords, capitalists and unionists, reformers and traditionalists, visionaries and charlatans. Clyde Haberman, New York Times, "America’s Most Famous Street," 30 Apr. 2018 Those included allegedly using his office to enrich himself and wiretapping political opponents, including priests, trade unionists and diplomats. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "Former Panama president extradited from U.S. to face corruption charges," 11 June 2018 Would a diehard Brexiteer prime minister risk yet another election, in a bid to win enough seats to ditch the unionists? The Economist, "Britain is heading for a soft Brexit," 16 June 2018 Northern Ireland's peace deal largely ended three decades of violence between Irish nationalists who wanted the region to join the Republic of Ireland and pro-British unionists who wanted it to remain British. NBC News, "Explosive thrown at house of former Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams," 14 July 2018 Yet the government’s reliance on unionist votes makes this tail hard to ignore. The Economist, "Britain is heading for a soft Brexit," 16 June 2018 Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, did not utter a word of condemnation of the murder of Soumaila Sacko, a 29-year-old Malian trade unionist, on June 2nd. The Economist, "Italy’s new government wants to deport 500,000 people," 7 June 2018

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1722, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unionist

: someone who supports labor unions

Unionist : a supporter of the Union (sense 4b) during the American Civil War

Unionist : a person who believes that Northern Ireland should remain a part of the United Kingdom

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