- an advocate of federalism.
- (initial capital letter) U.S. History. a member or supporter of the Federalist party.
- Also fed·er·al·is·tic. of federalism or the Federalists.
Origin of federalist
- a series of 85 essays (1787–88) by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, written in support of the Constitution.
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Examples from the Web for federalist
And as one of the initial organizers of the Federalist Society, he is a skilled political tactician.The Outside Game of Justice Scalia, a Loner With Clout
June 16, 2014
In the Federalist Papers, James Madison wrote, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”Obamacare Is as American as the Founding Fathers
April 1, 2014
As Madison put it in Federalist 52, the House was to be “dependent on the People alone.”
Not the rich,” as he wrote in Federalist 57, “more than the poor.
The first sentence of The Federalist Society states that this is a book “about the power of ideas.”A Small Right-Wing Conspiracy: The Federalist Society
June 11, 2013
But Mr. Parnell was thinking only of Ireland, and he was not a Federalist.Home Rule
His colleague and every other Federalist voted in the negative.Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams.
The ways of Federalist and Republican cabinets were traditions of an irrevocable past.Albert Gallatin
John Austin Stevens
The Jeffersonians won, and the Federalist Party disappeared.A History of the United States
To Madison, more than any other man, the Federalist victory was due.The Critical Period of American History
- a supporter or member of the Federalist party
- characteristic of the Federalists
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Word Origin and History for federalist
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