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unionist

[yoon-yuh-nist] /ˈyun yə nɪst/
noun
1.
a person whose activities or beliefs are characterized by unionism.
2.
a member of a trade union.
3.
(initial capital letter) a supporter of the federal union of the United States of America, especially during the Civil War.
4.
British Politics. (formerly) an upholder of the legislative union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Origin of unionist
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; union + -ist
Related forms
unionistic, adjective
prounionist, adjective, noun
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  • Those Radicals who had become unionist wrote to congratulate me.

  • Speaking of the unionist lack of courage, you must not be too much surprised.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • In six months he was unionist to the backbone, and not only unionist but Conservative.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • All their rejoicing passed off without a word of dissent from any unionist.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • You never see a unionist idling the day away at street-corners.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • We have two Irishmen in our mess, one a unionist, the other a Nationalist.

  • He became one of the fighting men of the Irish unionist party.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • That was what convinced me that he was really interested in the activity of the unionist clubs.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for unionist

Unionist

/ˈjuːnjənɪst/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capital)
  1. (before 1920) a supporter of the union of all Ireland and Great Britain
  2. (since 1920) a supporter of union between Britain and Northern Ireland
2.
a supporter of the US federal Union, esp during the Civil War
adjective
3.
of, resembling, or relating to Unionists

unionist

/ˈjuːnjənɪst/
noun
1.
a supporter or advocate of unionism or union
2.
a member of a trade union
adjective
3.
(mainly Brit) of or relating to union or unionism, esp trade unionism
Derived Forms
unionistic, adjective
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