Partisan definition

pärtĭ-zən
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A member of an organized body of fighters who attack or harass an enemy, especially within occupied territory; a guerrilla.
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Biased in support of a party, group, or cause.

Partisan politics.

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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.

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A weapon having a blade with lateral projections mounted on the end of a long shaft, used chiefly in the 1500s and 1600s.
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A fervent, sometimes militant, supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.
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Blindly or unreasonably devoted.
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Of, relating to, or characteristic of a partisan or partisans.
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Of, like, or characteristic of a partisan.
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An adherent to a party or faction.
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Adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence to a party; as, blinded by partisan zeal.
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A person who takes the part of or strongly supports one side, party, or person; often, specif., an unreasoning, emotional adherent.
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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.

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A fervent, sometimes militant supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.
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Any of a group of guerrilla fighters; esp., a member of an organized civilian force fighting covertly to drive out occupying enemy troops.
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A broad-bladed weapon with a long shaft, used esp. in the 16th cent.
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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.
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(now rare) The commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy.
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Serving as commander or member of a body of detached light troops: as, a partisan officer or corps.
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Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics.
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(historical) A spear with a triangular, double-edged blade.
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Of or having to do with military partisans.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
partisan
Plural:
partisans

Origin of partisan

  • French from Old French from Old Italian dialectal partisano variant of Old Italian partigiano from parte part from Latin pars part- part

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French partizane from Italian dialectal (arma) partisana partisan (weapon) feminine sing. of partisano supporter partisan1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle French partizaine, partisanne et al., from Italian partigiana, related to Etymology 1, above (apparently because it was seen as a typical weapon of such forces).

    From Wiktionary