Definition of partisan in English:

partisan

noun

  • 1A strong supporter of a party, cause, or person.

    • ‘What Pryor demonstrated in the Ten Commandments controversy is that he is not a partisan nor an ideologue.’
    • ‘The legal battle is being closely followed nationwide by partisans on both sides of the right to die issue.’
    • ‘They're igniting a great deal of enthusiasm and energy among partisans, at least among some of the very political blogs out there.’
    • ‘Unlike many of his colleagues, who operate as adjuncts of the Democratic Party, Hair wasn't a partisan.’
    • ‘Remember that you are not partisans or advocates in this matter.’
    • ‘But some are beginning to participate in an activity once thought to be the preserve of technology geeks and political partisans.’
    • ‘Democratic partisans believe they smell blood in the water, and their instinct is to swarm.’
    • ‘Today, as in the past, chefs are grouped into ‘schools’ with debates raging between the partisans of one and supporters of another.’
    • ‘Demonstrations by partisans of both sides turned increasingly aggressive last week.’
    • ‘The numerous controversies between State advocates and partisans of private initiative explain this lag.’
    • ‘We cannot let partisans drive an ideological stake in the heart of public broadcasting.’
    • ‘Pro-independence partisans in Taiwan's ruling party are admitting the island cannot live apart from China’
    • ‘His tone also makes clear that this volume essays is intended only for Democratic partisans.’
    • ‘It was what allowed him to stack the party with his partisans and essentially take over and begin purges.’
    • ‘Also, the fact that party partisans are put in charge of running the elections is crazy and is an obvious conflict of interest.’
    • ‘True democracy is dreaded by partisans of the old left and right alike.’
    • ‘She is assigned to serve with a cadre of British agents supporting the anti-fascist partisans.’
    • ‘So what was it that seemingly turned him into a Democratic partisan?’
    • ‘Well, it just means that I don't consider myself a political partisan in the sense that we back one party or another.’
    • ‘This appears to be the case because as the campaign progressed each did a good job securing support from their weak partisans.’
    supporter, follower, adherent, devotee, champion, backer, upholder, promoter, fanatic, fan, enthusiast, stalwart, zealot, disciple, votary
    View synonyms
  • 2A member of an armed group formed to fight secretly against an occupying force, in particular one operating in enemy-occupied Yugoslavia, Italy, and parts of eastern Europe in World War II.

    • ‘When guerrilla or partisan warfare further exasperated him, Grant proposed radical measures.’
    • ‘The partisans fought a revolutionary war in a constantly shifting pattern, and their leadership did so with a political aim.’
    • ‘As the Wehrmacht had to change from attack to defence, the division was deployed to fight against partisans.’
    • ‘By July 1943, the number of partisans fighting against the Germans was estimated at 142,000.’
    • ‘They marched off to fight the partisans or the Russians ‘to protect Europe’.’
    • ‘German martial law refused to recognize the Italian partisans as a war party.’
    • ‘Henceforth, they found themselves in increasingly open, partisan warfare.’
    • ‘And, in fact, if it hadn't been for outside support the partisans would have been wiped out in no time.’
    • ‘A combination of superior tactics, better use of material, and fierce military and partisan fighting led to Soviet victory.’
    • ‘Giovanni Pesce fought with the partisans during the Second World War.’
    • ‘They were eventually able to combine with the partisans and force a German surrender.’
    • ‘Similar atrocities occurred throughout occupied Europe after attacks by partisans or agents on German troops.’
    • ‘His work as an army intelligence officer later took him to Sicily and then Italy where he fought with the partisans.’
    • ‘At the beginning of the protest, Aristide partisans attacked demonstrators, hitting one with a rock and shooting another.’
    • ‘He reminded listeners that in 1943 Yugoslav partisans in Serbia fought against numerically superior German forces and won.’
    • ‘Only when the occupying troops proved more vicious than the partisans did rural communities support the resistance.’
    • ‘Whether the same is true in the realm of the very small - the warfare of guerrillas, partisans, and terrorists - is more difficult to say.’
    • ‘At another leg of the march, government partisans opened fire, wounding two demonstrators.’
    • ‘Large areas were still held by partizans behind the German lines, and the Soviet forces tried to link up with them using airborne forces.’
    • ‘Lithuania put up the strongest struggle, with partisans holding out until 1953.’
    guerrilla, freedom fighter, resistance fighter, member of the resistance, underground fighter, irregular soldier, irregular
    View synonyms

adjective

  • Prejudiced in favor of a particular cause.

    ‘newspapers have become increasingly partisan’
    • ‘I just regret that it was made public for very partisan, political reasons that I don't think were good for the country.’
    • ‘I have the advantage of not being a professional politician and not depending on partisan interests.’
    • ‘He urged both parties to cool their rhetoric and put the nation's interest ahead of partisan advantage.’
    • ‘There is a thinly veiled measure of ideological and partisan bias driving this entire matter.’
    • ‘Of course, many of those who were right about the war were only right because of their own partisan prejudices.’
    • ‘But this sense of crisis obviously pales in the face of partisan interests.’
    • ‘Making the system even worse are media bookers who want predictable, preferably partisan views.’
    • ‘It is not unheard of for countries to put aside partisan differences in the national interest, usually when the enemy is at the gates.’
    • ‘There could be no question of partisan bias, which is not unknown in the world of experts.’
    • ‘It's getting very hard to attribute these kinds of responses to sheer ignorance - or even partisan bias.’
    • ‘The news media should not be complacent about the fact that so relatively few people see ideological or partisan bias.’
    • ‘But take partisan loyalties out of the equation and I will favour art over honest endeavour, every time.’
    • ‘They have already used the Justice Department in the pre-election legal challenges for partisan purposes.’
    • ‘But this passionate and partisan book does far more than revive interest in a neglected writer.’
    • ‘I have seen that privilege subordinated to partisan interests.’
    • ‘Special interest groups and partisan politics have blocked all efforts at reform since 1986.’
    • ‘Where divination is by trance-mediumship the prophet is often a stranger, a person deemed free from partisan interests.’
    • ‘In the current climate, it would probably be dismissed as partisan bias.’
    • ‘In reality, the danger to democracy and Scottish interests came from cronyism, reinforced by partisan voting.’
    • ‘It is part of the sincerity of rational arguments that they are never knowingly glosses for partisan prejudices.’
    biased, prejudiced, one-sided, coloured, discriminatory, preferential, partial, interested, parti pris, bigoted, sectarian, factional, unjust, unfair, inequitable, unbalanced
    View synonyms

Origin

Mid 16th century: from French, via Italian dialect from Italian partigiano, from parte ‘part’ (from Latin pars, part-).

Pronunciation

partisan

/ˈpärdəzən//ˈpɑrdəzən/