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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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Partisannoun

    Etymology: pertisan, French.

    Let us
    Find out the prettiest dazied plot we can,
    And make him with our pikes and partisans
    A grave. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Shall I strike at it with my partisan. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Some of these partisans concluded, the government had hired men to be bound and pinnioned. Addison.

    I would be glad any partisan would help me to a tolerable reason, that, because Clodius and Curio agree with me in a few singular notions, I must blindly follow them in all. Jonathan Swift.

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

  2. Partisannoun

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

  3. Partisannoun

    any member of such a corps

  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

  5. Partisanadjective

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

  6. Partisannoun

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

  7. 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.

Anagrams for partisan »

  1. spartina

  2. aspirant

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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. Brian Lennon:

    It is outrageous to think any criminal charges would be filed against Governor Snyder, any charges would be meritless. Coming from an administration that claims to be above partisan politics, it is deeply disappointing to see pure political motivation driving charging decisions.

  2. Mo Brooks:

    It's a partisan committee. It is one-sided. And we already have lots of investigations that are ongoing about Jan. 6, this is an effort by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to come up with a biased report that will enhance their prospects in the 2022 elections.

  3. Adam Schiff:

    Ultimately though one thing is clear, because we have adduced so much evidence of guilt of this President, so much evidence of serious misconduct, any privilege the President would have would be vitiated by this crime fraud exception. So that will give way, and if it doesn't to quote my colleague Chairman (Jerry) Nadler, it will mean that either Justice Roberts or the Supreme Court itself is not really a conservative justice or court, merely a partisan one. And I have to hope that is not the case for the country's sake.

  4. Lee Wolosky:

    Since its filing we have consistently maintained that Mr. Restis' suit was meritless. United Against Nuclear Iran is a bi-partisan not-for-profit policy and advocacy organization that will not be silenced by intimidation or threat, through economic and social means and through the exercise of their First Amendment rights, the officers and staff of UANI have acted courageously and patriotically in their efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

  5. One Senate Republican aide:

    Rob Boatright added. One Senate Republican aide said Democrats should follow recent precedent, not the shrill calls of partisan opposition groups. When President Obama took office, The Senate confirmed seven of his nominees President Obama first day in office, and nearly all of them within two weeks.

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