- an adherent or supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, especially a person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance.
- Military. a member of a party of light or irregular troops engaged in harassing an enemy, especially a member of a guerrilla band engaged in fighting or sabotage against an occupying army.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of partisans; partial to a specific party, person, etc.: partisan politics.
- of, relating to, or carried on by military partisans or guerrillas.
Origin of partisan1
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- a shafted weapon of the 16th and 17th centuries, having as a head a long spear blade with a pair of curved lobes at the base.
Origin of partisan2
Examples from the Web for partisan
It was a rare moment of bipartisan unity in partisan Washington.Final Chapter for Accused Africa Bomber
January 4, 2015
This is a job for independent committees, like Bowles-Simpson, not a partisan slugfest.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
The first meeting featured multiple speakers deeply rooted in a partisan agenda.The Left’s Answer to ALEC
December 15, 2014
And lest you be deceived, primary elections are no partisan monopoly.Reality Check: There Are No Swing Voters
November 13, 2014
Despite any partisan enmities, the two top politicos maintained a cordial relationship.The McConnell Friend Obama Just Hired
November 10, 2014
In a partisan warfare this position was the best that could have been taken.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
Your young blood feels only the partisan promptings of dislike.In the Valley
She was the partisan on Tom's side, the adherent on her father's.Southern Lights and Shadows
For at this moment I am sensible that I have not the temper of a philosopher; like the vulgar, I am only a partisan.Phaedo
The two parties in Patusan were not sure which one this partisan most desired to plunder.Lord Jim
- an adherent or devotee of a cause, party, etc
- a member of an armed resistance group within occupied territory, esp in Italy or the Balkans in World War II
- (as modifier)partisan forces
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a partisan
- relating to or excessively devoted to one party, faction, etc; one-sidedpartisan control
- a spear or pike with two opposing axe blades or spikes
Word Origin and History for partisan
also partizan, 1550s, "one who takes part with another, zealous supporter," from Middle French partisan (15c.), from dialectal upper Italian partezan (Tuscan partigiano) "member of a faction, partner," from parte "part, party," from Latin partem (nominative pars), see part (n.). Sense of "guerilla fighter" is first recorded 1690s.
1708 for warfare, 1842 for politics, from partisan (n.).