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definition of the word partisan

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< French < Mediaeval Latin as if *partitianus, usually, after Rom., partisanus (a member of a party or faction, a partner, a farmer of taxes) < partita (a part, party); see party. Compare to Italian partigiano.



partisan (plural partisans)

  1. An adherent to a party or faction
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: <http://www.classicallibrary.org/aristotle/metaphysics/>. Book 1, Part 5.
      while Xenophanes, the first of these partisans of the One (for Parmenides is said to have been his pupil), gave no clear statement,
  2. A fervent, sometimes militant, supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.
  3. The commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy.
  4. Any member of such troops.
  5. A kind of halberd or pike; also, a truncheon; a staff.

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