partisan[pärt′ə zən, -sən]
- A partisan is defined as someone or something that shows support or favoritism towards a particular cause, person or party.
An example of partisan is a left-wing newspaper which supports the democrats.
- The definition of a partisan is a person who strongly supports a particular person, party or cause, especially in politics.
An example of a partisan is a strong Republican supporter.
- a person who takes the part of or strongly supports one side, party, or person; often, specif., an unreasoning, emotional adherent
- any of a group of guerrilla fighters; esp., a member of an organized civilian force fighting covertly to drive out occupying enemy troops
Origin of partisanMiddle French ; from Italian partigiano ; from parte ; from Classical Latin pars, part
- of, like, or characteristic of a partisan
- blindly or unreasonably devoted
- of or having to do with military partisans
Origin of partisanMiddle French partisane ; from Italian partigiana, feminine of partigiano (see partisan): sense influenced, influence by pertugiare, to pierce
- A fervent, sometimes militant supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.
- A member of an organized body of fighters who attack or harass an enemy, especially within occupied territory; a guerrilla.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a partisan or partisans.
- Biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics.
Origin of partisanFrench, from Old French, from Old Italian dialectal partisano, variant of Old Italian partigiano, from parte, part, from Latin pars, part-; see part.
Origin of partisanFrench partizane, from Italian dialectal *(arma) partisana, partisan (weapon), feminine sing. of partisano, supporter; see partisan1.
- An adherent to a party or faction.
- A fervent, sometimes militant, supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.
- A member of a band of detached light, irregular troops acting behind occupying enemy lines in the ways of harassment or sabotage; a guerrilla fighter
- (now rare) The commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy.
(comparative more partisan, superlative most partisan)
- Serving as commander or member of a body of detached light troops: as, a partisan officer or corps.
- Adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence to a party; as, blinded by partisan zeal.
- Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics.
From French partisan, from Italian partigiano (“defender of a party”), from parte (“part”). English from the mid-16th century. The sense of "guerilla fighter" is from c. 1690. The adjective in the military sense dates from the early 18th century, in the political sense since 1842.
- (historical) A spear with a triangular, double-edged blade.