separatist

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

noun

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

adjective

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

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Origin of separatist

1600–10; separate (adj.) + -ist

OTHER WORDS FROM separatist

sep·a·ra·tism, nounan·ti·sep·a·ra·tist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for separatism (1 of 2)

separatist

separationist

/ (ˈsɛpərətɪst, ˈsɛprə-) /

noun

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

Derived forms of separatist

separatism, nounseparatistic, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for separatism (2 of 2)

Separatist
/ (ˈsɛpərətɪst, ˈsɛprə-) /

noun

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

Derived forms of Separatist

Separatism, noun
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