• WordNet 3.6
    • adj partisan devoted to a cause or party
    • n partisan a pike with a long tapering double-edged blade with lateral projections; 16th and 17th centuries
    • n partisan an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
    • n partisan a fervent and even militant proponent of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Partisan A kind of halberd or pike; also, a truncheon; a staff. "And make him with our pikes and partisans a grave."
    • Partisan Adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence to a party; as, blinded by partisan zeal.
    • Partisan An adherent to a party or faction; esp., one who is strongly and passionately devoted to a party or an interest. "The violence of a partisan .""Both sides had their partisans in the colony."
    • Partisan (Mil) Any member of such a corps.
    • Partisan (Mil) Serving as a partisan in a detached command; as, a partisan officer or corps.
    • Partisan (Mil) The commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • partisan See partizan, partizan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Partisan pär′ti-zan an adherent of a party or a faction: one who is too strongly devoted to his own party or sect to be able to understand or to judge fairly of others
    • adj Partisan adhering to a party
    • n Partisan pär′ti-zan a kind of halberd or long-handled weapon, common in the Middle Ages: a soldier armed with such a weapon.
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  • Jean Rostand
    “I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “It is difficult to discriminate the voice of truth from amid the clamor raised by heated partisans.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pertuisane, prob. fr. It. partigiana, influenced in French by OF. pertuisier, to pierce. It was prob. so named as the weapon of some partisans, or party men. Cf. Partisan one of a corps of light troops
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pertuisane, which is perh. from Old High Ger. parta a battle-axe, seen in halberd.


In literature:

Colonel Sneekins was a non-partisan citizen.
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
"Strange Stories from History for Young People" by George Cary Eggleston
Wetter was a keen and convinced partisan, and an ardent believer in himself.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
In this he was vainly opposed by the Territorial chief justice, a servile partisan.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
On the other hand, Eugene and Hortense were censured by the partisan press for accepting any favors from the Allies.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Ere we have news from our partisans in the south?
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Scorn was the sentiment felt for him, and horror and loathing for his partisans.
"The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche" by Anatole France
His partisans were defeated in other quarters.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Sebastian von Rotenhan, one of the warmest partisans of the Reformation, was governor of the castle.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
In Greece, on the other hand, Russian partisans succeeded in inciting the populace to revolt.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
It troubled him that Cullison's friends believed him to be a partisan in a matter of this sort.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
The National Grange has endeavored to keep strictly aloof from partisan politics.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
This conviction put the spirited partisan upon her mettle.
"Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
Many such instances of partisan interference may be found in the recent legislation of some of the larger and more populous states.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
The emigrant nobles, and all their partisans, were received into the ranks of these invaders.
"Louis Philippe" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Henry would have been lost, had he not found partisans in Richard's ranks.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
It had been a close call, and a murmur of disappointment went up from the Army partisans, while the Blue stands rocked with applause.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
He is not himself a talker, and his thoughts are hid from us; but what is said by his more hasty partisans we know.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Except as kinsmen or partisans they cannot pull together.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
Places are multiplied for partisans.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various

In poetry:

"Right heavily upon your head
He'll lay his hand of steel;
And with his trusty partisan
Your absolution deal."—
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
Young men, Americans!
You go to win the world
With zeal pro-consular
For our whole star
You partisans
Of liberty unfurled!
"Ode To Our Young Pro-Consuls Of The Air" by Allen Tate
Ambitious, cautious, yet the man
To strike down fraud with resolute hand;
A patriot, if a partisan,
He loved his native land.
"Samuel J. Tilden" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Right where his charge had made a lane,
His valiant comrades burst,
With sword, and axe, and partisan,
And hack, and stab, and thrust.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
Have the people lost their honesty,
Has the Nation sunk so low,
That partisan strife can blind our eyes
Till we know not friend from foe?
"Our Politics" by Jared Barhite
"I didn't want to see a game, nor see no justice done.
It never mattered wot occurred as long as my side won.
The other side was narks an' cows an' rotters to a man;
But mine was all reel bonzer chaps. I was a partisan.
"Over the Fence" by C J Dennis

In news:

The Partisan depicts Rehnquist as a "briliant lonerwho used the court to advance his right-wing agenda".
'The Partisan' an opinionated biography of William Rehnquist .
Liberal bankrollers soured on partisan politics after the 2004 elections.
Schlesinger Jr, a Partisan Historian of Power, Is Dead at 89.
Drop the partisan politics and knee-jerk security measures resulting from the Christmas Day attack.
As election ends, so should partisan vitriol.
The US Navy is underestimating the cost of its proposed 30-year shipbuilding program by 19 percent, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report.
Partisan Jewish groups focused on Paul Ryan's leading role in the budget stand-off in assessing Mitt Romney's pick as running mate.
A faithful-unto- slavish remake of the 1960 Hitchcock classic, pic contains nothing to outrage or offend partisans of the original, yet neither does it stand to add much to their appreciation.
To get past the partisan debate in Washington, we went to a district office to find out what the SBA really does and whom it really helps.
National ocean policy sparks partisan fight.
It deserves serious thought, not just partisan, state-by-state wrestling in the heat of a campaign year.
House Tax Cut Vote Continues Partisan Staredown .
Benghazi questions fuel fierce partisan debate.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is urging Americans to put aside partisan differences and come together as a nation for Thanksgiving.

In science:

I also object to the use of certain partisan terms in a way that lends them undue academic credibility.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
Given all these givens, it is perhaps not surprising that many of the scholars who have investigated the empirical relevance of Fiorina’s “policy balancing” theory report that it provides little or no observable, explanatory purchase to our understanding of partisan or bipartisan (i.e. ticket-splitting) choice (cf.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
A generalization of that model to N dimensions is straightforward, but specifications of its empirical implications relative to the four partisan choice options are not easily defined in a parsimonious fashion.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Belief vectors regarding partisan options in the two-dimensional space can then be described in terms of coordinates specific to each branch.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
The probabilities of the four outcomes for partisan control of government thus sum to unity when given ±α and a partisan outcome in one dimension.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Assume survey respondents are asked two conditioning questions about their preferences regarding partisan control of each of the two institutions, and further that all respondents choose R across all four conditions.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
At a given time, partisan control of the U.S. government (and like systems) will in fact either be divided across the parties or unified by the leadership of just one.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Our task, then, is to develop a model of partisan balancing that can reconcile existing theoretical accounts with empirical reality.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
This is because there are at the same time for every voter two partisan preferences for each dimension of governance, one (say, for the Legislature) “invoked” by a fixed (say, R) outcome in the other (E xecutive), and a second one, also for the legislature, “invoked” by the opposite fixed outcome (D = E xecutive).
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Conceptually, we are now only a step away from a full alignment of the problem in a more general space, and indeed are outside the bounds of classical approaches already in considering two partisan preferences for each dimension at the same time for one voter.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
In this framework we find a new lever into the balancing problem and the Smith et al. data by considering our executive party priming variable λ, and the respondents’ choices over partisan Congressional control our central variable of interest Y .
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
The challenge now is: can we draw any conclusions about the 0++ scalar glueball? Ten years ago, there were almost partisan discussions about which one of these is THE (pure) GLUEBALL, and all kinds of “semi-smoking gun” criteria were suggested to make the choice.
Challenges in Hadron Physics
Stenmark. A religious partisan science? Islamic and Christian perspectives.
Informal Control code logic
In these models there are two populations of voters at each polling station: the partisan population strongly in favor of a candidate and the general population, swinging between candidates.
Quick Anomaly Detection by the Newcomb--Benford Law, with Applications to Electoral Processes Data from the USA, Puerto Rico and Venezuela
And even Shimony — a staunch partisan of the fudge — was somewhat concerned about ‘I am’ if, despite a cleverer fudge, the tails were to remain (1991).
The Plight of `I Am'