What does Partisan mean?

Definitions for Partisan
ˈpɑr tə zən, -sən; Brit. ˌpɑr təˈzænPar·ti·san

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. partisan, zealot, drumbeaternoun

    a fervent and even militant proponent of something

  2. enthusiast, partisan, partizannoun

    an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity

  3. partisan, partizanadjective

    a pike with a long tapering double-edged blade with lateral projections; 16th and 17th centuries

  4. partisan, partizanadjective

    devoted to a cause or party

Webster Dictionary

  1. Partisannoun

    an adherent to a party or faction; esp., one who is strongly and passionately devoted to a party or an interest

    Etymology: [Written also partizan.]

  2. Partisannoun

    the commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy

    Etymology: [Written also partizan.]

  3. Partisannoun

    any member of such a corps

    Etymology: [Written also partizan.]

  4. Partisanadjective

    adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence to a party; as, blinded by partisan zeal

    Etymology: [Written also partizan.]

  5. Partisanadjective

    serving as a partisan in a detached command; as, a partisan officer or corps

    Etymology: [Written also partizan.]

  6. Partisannoun

    a kind of halberd or pike; also, a truncheon; a staff

    Etymology: [Written also partizan.]


  1. Partisan

    A partisan is a member of an irregular military force formed to oppose control of an area by a foreign power or by an army of occupation by some kind of insurgent activity. The term can apply to the field element of resistance movements, an example of which are the civilians that opposed Nazi German rule in several countries during World War II.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Partisan

    pär′ti-zan, n. an adherent of a party or a faction: one who is too strongly devoted to his own party or sect to be able to understand or to judge fairly of others.—adj. adhering to a party.—n. Par′tisanship. [Fr. (It. partigiano),—L. partīri.]

  2. Partisan

    pär′ti-zan, n. a kind of halberd or long-handled weapon, common in the Middle Ages: a soldier armed with such a weapon. [O. Fr. pertuisane, which is perh. from Old High Ger. parta a battle-axe, seen in halberd.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. partisan

    The name given to small corps detached from the main body of an army, and acting independently against the enemy. In partisan warfare much liberty is allowed to partisans. Continually annoying the flanks and rear of columns, they intercept convoys, cut off communications, attack detachments, and endeavor to spread terror everywhere. This kind of warfare is advantageously pursued only in mountainous or thickly-wooded districts. In an open country, cavalry very readily destroys partisans. The Spanish race make active partisans. The party is called guerrilla, the partisan a guerrillero.

  2. partisan

    A term formerly applied to a pike or halbert.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Partisan in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Partisan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Partisan in a Sentence

  1. Mike Coffman:

    With this President, this midterm is going to be rough for Republicans. It's those members of Congress that have established a brand in their district, that is independent of quite frankly, of the party in Washington, DC, that are going to survive this, they don't see me as a Republican, or they don't see me in a partisan way. They just see me as their congressman.

  2. Brian Fallon:

    At this point, Republicans are trying to exploit the scandal to try to score partisan points and push an ideological agenda to privatize the VA, republicans are trying to suggest the only solution to the VA's problems is to privatize it, but Hillary Clinton will not apologize for insisting on doing the hard work to reform the VA, rather than ending it altogether.

  3. Congressman Amash:

    Few members of Congress even read Muellers report ; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation and it showed, with representatives and senators from both parties issuing definitive statements on the 448-page reports conclusions within just hours of its release.

  4. The Hawaii congresswoman:

    I have not called for impeachment. Ive supported the inquiry, i still remain concerned about this inquiry being overshadowed by partisan interests.

  5. Collin Peterson:

    This impeachment process continues to be hopelessly partisan. I have been hearing from my constituents on both sides of this matter for months, and the escalation of calls this past week just shows me how divided our country really is right now, i have some serious concerns with the way the closed-door depositions were run, and am skeptical that we will have a process that is open, transparent and fair. Without support from Senate Republicans, going down this path is a mistake. Today's vote is both unnecessary, and widely misrepresented in the media and by Republicans as a vote on impeachment.

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    brought into agreement or cooperation on the side of a faction, party, or cause
    • A. hatched
    • B. disjointed
    • C. aligned
    • D. noninvasive

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