What does partisan mean?

Definitions for partisan
ˈpɑr tə zən, -sən; Brit. ˌpɑr təˈzænpar·ti·san

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word partisan.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. partisan, zealot, drumbeater(noun)

    a fervent and even militant proponent of something

  2. enthusiast, partisan, partizan(noun)

    an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity

  3. partisan, partizan(adj)

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

  4. partisan, partizan(adj)

    devoted to a cause or party

Webster Dictionary

  1. Partisan(noun)

    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. Partisan(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Written also partizan.]

  3. Partisan(noun)

    any member of such a corps

    Etymology: [Written also partizan.]

  4. Partisan(adj)

    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. Partisan(adj)

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

    Etymology: [Written also partizan.]

  6. Partisan(noun)

    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. Kellyanne Conway:

    I find it petty and partisan and completely unhelpful to the American population to have a former vice president, who was here for eight years, in his bunker in Wilmington just lobbing criticisms, reading from prepared notes and not that well.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Derick Smith:

    They're breaking up a community of common interest to create a partisan advantage for the party drawing the maps.

  5. Jim Jordan:

    The closed-door depositions, Ill still be able to be a part of, but then when they go to the open hearings, its just the Intelligence Committee. Adam Schiff gets 45 minutes under the resolution that passed on Thursday to ask questions. The rest, the members get five minutes. Adam Schiff gets to call the witnesses Adam Schiff wants. But Republicans have to first submit a list to Adam Schiff to get his approval for any witnesses we or the White House might want. So you can try to put a ribbon on a sham process, but that doesnt make it any less of a sham. It doesnt make it any less unfair in any less partisan. In a contentiousHouse Rules Committee meetingthat lasted into the night last week, Democrats systematically rejected GOP attempts to alter theground rules that lawmakers will use as they consider impeachment. The rules were later passed in a sharply divided House vote.

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