Definition of separatist in English:



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

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