union·​ist | \ ˈyün-yə-nist How to pronounce unionist (audio) \

Definition of unionist

: an advocate or supporter of union or unionism

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So, in Northern Ireland and Scotland, the pro-remain majorities (56% and 62% respectively) could well be pulling away from Johnson's unionist embrace. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson could be the last prime minister of the United Kingdom," 3 Aug. 2019 That power-sharing arrangement means nationalists and unionists in the region must work together, with the First Minister and Deputy First Minister leading the executive. Kara Fox, CNN, "Historic vote could legalize abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland," 10 July 2019 She was not seen as just a teacher or public sector unionist. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Margaret Blackshere, historic force in Illinois labor and politics, dies at 78," 8 July 2019 There is no such thing as a perfect revolutionary; those who criticize her are quick to note that Goldman was willing to engage with liberals, progressives, and trade unionists as well as the intelligentsia in ways that many of her comrades scorned. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Emma Goldman, One of History’s Best-Known Anarchists, Was Born 150 Years Ago," 27 June 2019 In the depths of Greece’s economic crisis, members of the fascist movement Golden Dawn brazenly assaulted immigrants, political opponents and labor unionists. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Greece’s Slow Justice Lets Fascist Party Prosper," 1 May 2019 Before the results were announced, musicians played bagpipes to a saltire-waving crowd; the next day, unionists clashed with independence supporters, the former firing a flare, which led to violence and arrests. Rebecca Nathanson, Harper's magazine, "English Referendums and Scotch Voters," 19 June 2019 The arrest was made after searches in two properties in the city -- referred to by Irish nationalists as Derry and British unionists as Londonderry -- that lies a short drive from the border with the Republic of Ireland. Peter Taggart And Rob Picheta, CNN, "Suspect in Lyra McKee murder arrested in Northern Ireland," 6 June 2019 Peter Sheridan of Co-operation Ireland, a peace-promoting group, says talk of controls between north and south instantly upsets nationalists; mention of checks between the north and the British mainland does the same for unionists. The Economist, "Theresa May’s Irish stew," 24 May 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
: a supporter of the Union (sense 4b) during the American Civil War
: a person who believes that Northern Ireland should remain a part of the United Kingdom

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