[ sep-er-uh-tist, -uh-rey- ]
/ ˈsɛp ər ə tɪst, -əˌreɪ- /


a person who separates, withdraws, or secedes, as from an established church.
an advocate of separation, especially ecclesiastical or political separation.


of, relating to, or designating separatism or separatists: separatist forces; separatist tendencies.

Nearby words

  1. separation of church and state,
  2. separation of powers,
  3. separation of variables,
  4. separationist,
  5. separatism,
  6. separatists,
  7. separative,
  8. separator,
  9. separatory,
  10. separatrix

Origin of separatist

1600–10; separate (adj.) + -ist

Related formssep·a·ra·tism, nounan·ti·sep·a·ra·tist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for separatism



/ (ˈsɛpərətɪst, ˈsɛprə-) /


  1. a person who advocates or practises secession from an organization or group
  2. (as modifier)a separatist movement
Derived Formsseparatism, nounseparatistic, adjective


/ (ˈsɛpərətɪst, ˈsɛprə-) /


(sometimes not capital) a person who advocates the secession of a province, esp Quebec, from Canada
Derived FormsSeparatism, noun

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