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 secessionist

Contemporary Examples of secessionist

Historical Examples of secessionist

  • "All that is easily provided for," replied the Secessionist.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore

  • I am, I hope, too good a patriot to be a secessionist, much less a rebel.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • He has been the most active Secessionist in Adair County, and the most desperate one.

  • I was sitting in his head-quarters when a St. Louis Secessionist entered.

    The Secret Service.

    Albert D. Richardson

  • A Secessionist had fled from his home, leaving his flocks and herds behind.

    The Boys of '61

    Charles Carleton Coffin.

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