- 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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Examples from the Web for partisanship
An independent candidate could even be the next mayor of the city most synonymous with partisanship.
Mr. Rove, you make these claims purely as conjecture without any facts, fanned by the emotions of your partisanship.Karl Rove’s Awful, and Afactual, Remarks About Hillary Clinton’s Health
May 13, 2014
The same cannot be said of immigration, where culture is behind politics and partisanship.Life as an Undocumented Immigrant
Jose Antonio Vargas
April 28, 2014
Now, obviously, there are multiple variables—like partisanship, spending, and events—that affect outcomes.Yet Another Obamacare "Game Changer" That Wasn't
February 5, 2014
Well, guess what the cult of speed gives us, whatever our partisanship?Chris Christie and the Runaway High-Speed Presidency Train
January 11, 2014
Her words were the words of partisanship, and her partisanship was for another as well as himself.The Law-Breakers
This is a matter too serious for the bitterness of partisanship.
The Chief Justice did not intend to be drawn into any exhibition of partisanship.Half a Hero
No general spirit of partisanship is aroused—no sympathies excited.Current History, A Monthly Magazine
New York Times
His soul was too great for the narrow, selfish views of partisanship.Behind the Scenes
- 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 partisanship
1708 for warfare, 1842 for politics, from partisan (n.).
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.