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Meaning of PARTISAN

Pronunciation:  'pârtizun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a pike with a long tapering double-edged blade with lateral projections; 16th and 17th centuries
  2. [n]  an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
  3. [n]  a fervent and even militant proponent of something
  4. [adj]  devoted to a cause or party
  5. [adj]  affiliated with one party or faction
  6. [adj]  adhering or confined to a particular sect or denomination or party; "denominational prejudice"

PARTISAN is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: aligned, biased, denominational, enthusiast, guerilla(a), guerrilla(a), irregular, one-sided, partizan, partizan, partizan, party(a), party-spirited, sectarian, tendencious, tendentious, underground, zealot
 Antonyms: nonpartisan, nonpartizan
 See Also: addict, admirer, advocate, advocator, backslapper, balletomane, bigot, booster, champion, doctrinaire, dogmatist, exponent, fan, fanatic, fiend, freak, friend, gadgeteer, nut, pike, proponent, protagonist, shutterbug, sports fan, supporter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Par"ti*san\, n. [F., fr. It. partigiano. See {Party},
    and cf. {Partisan} a truncheon.] [Written also {partizan}.]
    1. An adherent to a party or faction; esp., one who is
       strongly and passionately devoted to a party or an
       interest. ``The violence of a partisan.'' --Macaulay.
             Both sides had their partisans in the colony.
    2. (Mil.)
       (a) The commander of a body of detached light troops
           engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy.
       (b) Any member of such a corps.
  2. \Par"ti*san\, a. [Written also partizan.]
    1. Adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the
       character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence
       to a party; as, blinded by partisan zeal.
    2. (Mil.) Serving as a partisan in a detached command; as, a
       partisan officer or corps.
    {Partisan ranger} (Mil.), a member of a partisan corps.
  3. \Par"ti*san\, n. [F. pertuisane, prob. fr. It.
    partigiana, influenced in French by OF. pertuisier to pierce.
    It was prob. so named as the weapon of some partisans, or
    party men. Cf. {Partisan} one of a corps of light troops.]
    A kind of halberd or pike; also, a truncheon; a staff.
          And make him with our pikes and partisans a grave.
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