Definition of federalist in English:

federalist

noun

  • 1A person who advocates or supports a system of government in which several states unite under a central authority.

    ‘the ideas of the European federalists’
    • ‘Federalists were unable to contain the trend toward the country's split.’
    • ‘The demands of enlargement have afforded the federalists the political opportunity to begin destroying the old sovereign structures.’
    • ‘He believed in a strong central government and was a federalist.’
    • ‘Two parties, the Federalist and the Centralists, quickly appeared, and in 1833 the liberal federalist Santa Anna emerged as President.’
    • ‘The problem is, historically you can't form a majority government without strong support in Quebec and even Quebec federalists may be reluctant to support the premier in a situation like that.’
    • ‘The European federalists wanted to subordinate national governments to an overarching federal authority.’
    • ‘The worst blow of all for the federalists is under this constitution the Union has no power to tax.’
    • ‘In 1984, on the basis of a report put together by an Italian MEP and committed federalist, the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved a Draft Treaty on European Union.’
    • ‘Smaller countries like Belgium and the Netherlands are both keen federalists as their political standing can only increase in a United States of Europe.’
    • ‘The secession of the southern states of America in the spring of 1861 did not reinforce the arguments of the federalists.’
  • 2US A member or supporter of the Federalist Party.

    ‘they captured both the legislative and the executive branches of the federal government from the Federalists’
    • ‘Under the new government, Pinckney became a devoted Federalist.’
    • ‘As his presidency progressed he came to distance himself more and more from the High Federalists; by the time he retired he was a Federalist in name only.’
    • ‘Washington's successor John Adams was a staunch Federalist from Massachusetts.’
    • ‘A staunch Federalist, Lee defended the Constitution at the 1788 Virginia ratifying convention.’
    • ‘The Quaker, an ardent Federalist, aided Antifederalist opposition to the Constitution by repeatedly raising objections to the slave trade clause.’
    • ‘Even Alexander Hamilton, a prominent fellow Federalist, ripped into Adams, saying his defects of character made him unfit to hold office.’
    • ‘A Federalist, he vehemently opposed the War of 1812.’
    • ‘Federalists, Madison worried, might be able to use some of his notes to their political advantage.’
    • ‘Brooks had been a Revolutionary War hero and moderate Federalist during the War of 1812.’
    • ‘A Federalist is not against federal power in all instances.’

adjective

  • 1Relating to or denoting a system of government in which several states unite under a central authority.

    ‘the federalist structure of the American system of government’
    • ‘All the while we remain in the EU, our federalist politicians in all three of the old parties will feel obliged to support Germany and France.’
    • ‘His demands for a federalist approach to governing the country - a weakened national government and stronger regional control - have revived fears that some regions may eventually try to secede.’
    • ‘If you want to have the continuation of a recognition that the states have some rights under these federalist principles that the Supreme Court established, then you need to vote for our candidate.’
    • ‘Before long, the Dutch would be involved in developments far too federalist for their liking.’
    • ‘The role of the federal government in such a local concern is justifiably limited by the federalist structure of the American system of government.’
    • ‘In the United States, with its federalist system, marriage traditionally falls within the boundaries of state law.’
    • ‘The German Chancellor outlined his vision of a federalist Europe, with greater powers for the European Parliament.’
    • ‘For the Conservative Leader to suggest the law is illegitimate because its supporters aren't federalist is outrageous and hypocritical.’
    • ‘He has pledged to continue his long battle to get Britain out of an increasingly federalist EU.’
    • ‘The Commission had a more federalist conception of the Community.’
  • 2US Designating or pertaining to the Federalist Party.

    ‘it was not a weapon that could reach the Federalist judges’
    • ‘After Jefferson's reelection of 1804, Federalist strength tended to decline everywhere except in New England.’
    • ‘The Federalist Party is a name that was originally applied to the advocates of ratification of the Constitution of the United States of 1787.’
    • ‘Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton was the master politician of the Federalist Party.’
    • ‘In 1798, the Federalist Congress passed four laws to check a perceived French threat during the Undeclared Naval War with France.’
    • ‘The country's second, third, and fourth cities lay in these recalcitrant districts, so the Federalist challenge could scarcely be brushed aside.’
    • ‘Instead, President George Washington commissioned the Federalist John Jay to negotiate a settlement.’
    • ‘Federalist Thomas Dawes understood why "some gentlemen have said, that Congress may draw their revenue wholly by direct taxes."’
    • ‘The two families were also frequently selected and elected as political representatives of Federalist and then Whig conservatism.’
    • ‘The original objective of the Federalist Papers was to convince New Yorkers to elect to their state ratifying convention delegates who would support the Constitution.’
    • ‘William Coleman, Federalist editor of the New-York Evening Post, published an account of the incident in his paper two days later.’

Pronunciation:

federalist

/ˈfed(ə)rələst/