[ si-sesh-uh-nist ]
/ sɪˈsɛʃ ə nɪst /


a person who secedes, advocates secession, or claims secession as a constitutional right.


of or relating to secession or secessionists.

Nearby words

  1. secede,
  2. secern,
  3. secernentasida,
  4. secession,
  5. secession, war of,
  6. sech,
  7. sechenov,
  8. seckel,
  9. seckel syndrome,
  10. seclude

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

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Word Origin and History for secessionist



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper