What does separatism mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. segregation, separatism(noun)

    a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups

  2. separatism(noun)

    a disposition toward schism and secession from a larger group; the principles and practices of separatists

    "separatism is a serious problem in Quebec"; "demands for some form of separatism on grounds of religion have been perceived as a threat to mainstream education"

  3. separationism, separatism(noun)

    advocacy of a policy of strict separation of church and state


  1. separatism(Noun)

    A theory or doctrine which supports a state of separation between organizations, institutions, or other societal groups (e.g. between church and state) or between different political jurisdictions (e.g. a country and its former colony).

    She wrote an essay expounding the tenets of Scottish separatism.

  2. separatism(Noun)

    The practice of treating members of different societal groups in a politically, legally, or economically different manner.

    Apartheid was a government-enformed form of separatism in which people received unequal social benefits based on race.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Separatism(noun)

    the character or act of a separatist; disposition to withdraw from a church; the practice of so withdrawing

  2. Origin: [CF. F. sparatisme.]


  1. Separatism

    Separatism is the advocacy of a state of cultural, ethnic, tribal, religious, racial, governmental or gender separation from the larger group. While it often refers to full political secession, separatist groups may seek nothing more than greater autonomy. Some groups refer to their organizing as independence, self-determination, partition or decolonization movements instead of, or in addition to, autonomist, separatist or secession movements. While some critics may equate separatism and religious segregation, racial segregation or sexual segregation, separatists argue that separation by choice is not the same as government-enforced segregation and may serve useful purposes.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of separatism in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of separatism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Albert Rivera:

    If Spain functions well then separatism goes down, but where is the president of the Spanish government? Rajoy shows he doesn't understand what's going on.

  2. Lau Siu-kai:

    They worry about the rise of separatism, if something big happens in Hong Kong that is seen as threatening national security, I don't expect China to wait, they may take the initiative to protect national security.

  3. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

    Britain is always going to have clout, it's just obviously amplified by its strength as part of the EU, i believe we're always better when we work as closely as possible together and separatism, or division, doesn't seem to be a productive path for countries.

  4. Kate Saunders:

    It's much easier to enforce administrative control over settled communities than over nomads in the grasslands, and also the Chinese authorities have aligned the policy with specific political objectives of eliminating separatism and eliminating expressions of Tibetan nationalism.

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