[sep-er-uh-tist, -uh-rey-]


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.

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



(sometimes not capital) a person who advocates the secession of a province, esp Quebec, from Canada
Derived FormsSeparatism, noun
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Word Origin and History for separatist

c.1600, from separate + -ist. First used in a denominational religious sense; of political separations from 1871.

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