- 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.
partisan definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- partisanship noun
Origin: Middle French partisane ; from Italian partigiana, feminine of partigiano (see partisan): sense influenced, influence by pertugiare, to pierce
partisan definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics.
Origin: French, from Old French, from Old Italian dialectal partisano, variant of Old Italian partigiano, from parte, part, from Latin pars, part-; see part.
- parˈti·san·shipˌ noun
Origin: French partizane, from Italian dialectal *(arma) partisana, partisan (weapon), feminine sing. of partisano, supporter; see partisan1.