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Dictionary Definition

partisan adj
1 devoted to a cause or party [syn: partizan] [ant: nonpartisan]
2 adhering or confined to a particular sect or denomination or party; "denominational prejudice" [syn: denominational]


1 a fervent and even militant proponent of something [syn: zealot, drumbeater]
2 an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity [syn: enthusiast, partizan]
3 a pike with a long tapering double-edged blade with lateral projections; 16th and 17th centuries [syn: partizan]

User Contributed Dictionary





  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: . 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.


member of a body of detached light troops


  1. Adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence to a party; as, blinded by partisan zeal.
  2. Serving as a partisan in a detached command; as, a partisan officer or corps.
  3. Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics.


Extensive Definition

Partisan may refer to:

Political matters

In politics, partisan literally means organized into political parties. The expression "Partisan politics" usually refers to fervent, sometimes militant support of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea. Although this is typically an appellation with negative connotations, some supporters embrace the term, as can be seen by the names of the following publications:

Paramilitary forces



Other uses

partisan in Catalan: Partisà
partisan in Danish: Partisan
partisan in German: Partisan
partisan in Spanish: Partisano
partisan in Esperanto: Partizano
partisan in French: Partisan
partisan in Italian: Partigiano
partisan in Hebrew: פרטיזן
partisan in Lithuanian: Partizanas (reikšmės)
partisan in Macedonian: Партизан
partisan in Dutch: Partizanen
partisan in Japanese: パルチザン
partisan in Norwegian: Partisan
partisan in Norwegian Nynorsk: Partisan
partisan in Polish: Partyzant
partisan in Russian: Партизан
partisan in Slovenian: Partizani
partisan in Finnish: Partisaani
partisan in Swedish: Partisan

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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