Definition of separatist in US English:

separatist

noun

  • A person who supports the separation of a particular group of people from a larger body on the basis of ethnicity, religion, or gender.

    ‘religious separatists’
    • ‘I have long believed that most of the federalists are really separatists, and vice versa.’
    • ‘But it is a very different matter to appoint apparent separatists to sustain a corrupt government!’
    • ‘At least the separatists have maintained a clear position: they've always been opposed to the budget.’
    • ‘Aware that they could no longer rely on support from the throne, noble and clerical separatists found their solidarity crumbling.’
    • ‘Those who refused to vote would be considered supporters of the separatists, he said.’
    • ‘The latest killing drew quick condemnation and vows to crush the armed separatists.’
    • ‘Pundits say he stole most of his votes from dissatisfied separatists who believe their party lost its leftist ideals.’
    • ‘In an attempt to calm those who believe nationalists see a yes vote as the first step to independence, he argued that a no vote would play into the hands of the separatists.’
    • ‘The separatists have also got a good bargain from another angle.’
    • ‘Only talks with the separatists and the militants can achieve something.’
    • ‘Counterinsurgency operations failed to end support for the separatists.’
    • ‘Hopefully it will also make it a lot harder for the separatists to use this as the launching pad for another referendum campaign.’
    • ‘Therefore, I wonder how much more freedom of travel and association you would like the separatists to have?’
    • ‘Some voters came willingly, some unwillingly; a major chunk was kept away because of a boycott call by separatists.’
    • ‘At this time national separatists were liberals, democrats, and or socialists.’
    • ‘This has given new impetus to the most extreme elements among the separatists.’
    • ‘They have a holy duty, they say, to brook no compromise with separatists, but instead to eliminate them by military means.’
    • ‘Unlike the model for separatists, gender has no effect on the probability that one is an integrationist.’
    • ‘Here some doctors worked clandestinely for the separatists and turned it into a den of separatist conspiracies.’
    • ‘The 40,000-strong military and police operation to crush the separatists entered its eighth week on Monday.’
    dissident, dissenter, nonconformist, unorthodox thinker, heterodox thinker, apostate, freethinker, iconoclast, schismatic, renegade
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adjective

  • Relating to separatists or separatism.

    ‘a separatist rebellion’
    • ‘She has a major obsession to end all ethnic conflicts and separatist movements throughout the country.’
    • ‘The separatist movement is violating the law, as they are conducting a rebellion.’
    • ‘The country was not yet seriously challenged by separatist sentiments, religious radicalism or inter-ethnic conflict.’
    • ‘He himself revealed the other aspects of the agenda on which he had sought separatist support.’
    • ‘Last week, the flag was banned, with the government arguing it has been misused to serve separatist movements.’
    • ‘The formation of new provinces was also expected to help security authorities to control separatist activities in the region.’
    • ‘Some popular movements were actually separatist in character.’
    • ‘He must prevent the violence from spreading and stoking separatist sentiments elsewhere.’
    • ‘She also said her top priority was to prevent the diverse archipelago being torn apart by separatist rebellions.’
    • ‘Tensions in the region, which once hosted an armed separatist movement that mostly faded in the 1980s, have been rising for months.’
    • ‘Radical-right movements also emerged where ruling nationalities were threatened by separatist movements.’
    • ‘If not handled carefully, this decentralization may pose as much a threat to national unity as armed separatist movements.’
    • ‘But Spain is also home to several of Europe's most active separatist movements.’
    • ‘But if he hoped this would dampen separatist demands he was wrong.’
    • ‘Army generals want to mount limited offensive operations against thousands of well-armed separatist rebels.’
    • ‘When, if ever, should international law and institutions support separatist claims?’
    • ‘A long line of Coalition ministers and shadow ministers succumbed to the newly fashionable separatist doctrine.’
    • ‘The separatist movement was stronger probably a decade ago.’
    • ‘In some cases, such as ethnic separatist movements, straightforward concessions may in principle remove the cause of violence.’
    unorthodox, heretical, dissenting, dissident, blasphemous, nonconformist, apostate, freethinking, iconoclastic, schismatic, rebellious, renegade, sectarian, revisionist
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Pronunciation

separatist

/ˈsep(ə)rədəst//ˈsɛp(ə)rədəst/