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[si-sesh-uh-nist] /sɪˈsɛʃ ə nɪst/
a person who secedes, advocates secession, or claims secession as a constitutional right.
of or relating to secession or secessionists.
Origin of secessionist
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; secession + -ist
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secessionism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the latter there were 1200 secessionist soldiers who had been taken in the State of Missouri.

  • A secessionist had fled from his home, leaving his flocks and herds behind.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • A moment later he emerged from the door, bringing the impress of a secessionist's boot.

  • Baltimore, if not quite a Union city, at least ceased to be secessionist.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I. John T. Morse
  • He set up as a stock-broker, under an assumed name, opened an office, and became a vehement secessionist.

Word Origin and History for secessionist

1860, first recorded in U.S. context, from secession + -ist (colloquial short form secesh, noun and adjective, is attested from 1861); the earlier noun had been seceder, but this had religious overtones, especially in reference to Scottish Church history.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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