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federalist

[fed-er-uh-list] /ˈfɛd ər ə lɪst/
noun
1.
an advocate of federalism.
2.
(initial capital letter) U.S. History. a member or supporter of the Federalist party.
adjective
3.
Also, federalistic. of federalism or the Federalists.
Origin of federalist
1780-1790
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90; federal + -ist
Related forms
hyperfederalist, noun

Federalist, The

noun
1.
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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  • The federalists wished to make the central government as strong as possible.

    The Nation in a Nutshell George Makepeace Towle
  • It was well known that many federalists would support his candidacy.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • In the preceding Congress there had been thirty federalists and eleven Republicans.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • The emotions of the militant federalists were too various to admit of description.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • The federalists watched this Republican revival with grave misgivings.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for federalists

Federalist

/ˈfɛdərəlɪst/
noun
1.
a supporter or member of the Federalist party
adjective
2.
characteristic of the Federalists
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Word Origin and History for federalists

federalist

n.

"member or supporter of the Federal party in U.S. politics," originally of supporters of the Philadelphia constitution, 1787, American English, from federal + -ist. General sense of "one who supports federal union" is from 1792.

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