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federalist

[fed-er-uh-list]
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noun
  1. an advocate of federalism.
  2. (initial capital letter) U.S. History. a member or supporter of the Federalist party.
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adjective
  1. Also fed·er·al·is·tic. of federalism or the Federalists.
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Origin of federalist

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; federal + -ist
Related formshy·per·fed·er·al·ist, 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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Examples from the Web for federalists

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  • The Federalists wished to make the central government as strong as possible.

    The Nation in a Nutshell

    George Makepeace Towle

  • In the preceding Congress there had been thirty Federalists and eleven Republicans.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • It was well known that many Federalists would support his candidacy.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • The Federalists watched this Republican revival with grave misgivings.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • The emotions of the militant Federalists were too various to admit of description.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for federalists

Federalist

noun
  1. a supporter or member of the Federalist party
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adjective Also: Federal'istic
  1. 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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