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
Related formsse·ces·sion·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for secessionism

Contemporary Examples of secessionism

  • Secessionism splits people into parts, artificially separating the voting booth from the synagogue pew.

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Historical Examples of secessionism

Word Origin and History for secessionism



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.

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