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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.


  1. partisan

    A partisan is an individual who strongly supports a particular cause, group, party, or ideology, often without questioning or critically examining it due to intense loyalty or bias. The term is commonly used in the context of politics, where it denotes strong, unwavering support for a political party or figure.

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. 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.

  2. David Krone:

    The table that existed was a partisan, Republican effort, the loss last week by [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell showed Democrats that now is the time to find a new table—their own table—and start talking with some moderate Republicans.

  3. Henry Waxman:

    A lot of Democrats feel that they have to stick with their president and not take this kind of bipartisan approach, because they're now looking at it as something that is a partisan attack.

  4. Michael King:

    Part of it is calling into question the legitimacy of our elections, writ large, and a lot of partisan elected officials are using it to energize their base and potentially fundraise off of it.

  5. Samuel Lipoff:

    We are pleased that Parler is back on Google Play as a native app so that Android users no longer have to side-load, while away from Google Play, we have worked diligently to build a more feature-rich and dynamic user experience. Now is a perfect time to join Parler and rediscover the non-partisan platform where we enable people to speak freely !

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