• WordNet 3.6
    • n secessionist an advocate of secessionism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Secessionist (U.S. Hist) One who holds to the belief that a State has the right to separate from the Union at its will.
    • Secessionist One who upholds secession.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n secessionist One who maintains the principle of secessionism; specifically, in United States history, one who took part in or sympathized with the attempt of the Southern States, in 1860–65, to withdraw from the Union; an inhabitant of a Southern State who aided or sympathized with the secession movement.
    • secessionist Of or pertaining to secession or secessionists.
    • n secessionist Specifically, a member of a body of artists which, in principles and methods, differs from and protests against the accepted traditions of older societies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Secessionist one who maintains the principle of secession
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. secedĕre, secessumse-, away, cedĕre, to go.


In literature:

They would fight the battles of the secessionists, but they would not bear their name.
"The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915" by Basil L. Gildersleeve
Far all practical purposes, then, Mr. Pendleton is just as much a secessionist and disunionist as Jefferson Davis.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864" by Various
I may be compelled to sacrifice my property, or go with the secessionists.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The dissatisfied brother, apparently as much to spite Noah, who was an enthusiastic Union man, cast in his lot with the Secessionists.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
We admitted that there were Secessionists at the South, but we could not be made to believe in the possibility of Secession.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
This man professed to be the most loud-mouthed secessionist of them all.
"Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61" by Abner Doubleday
I was never a Secessionist, for I quietly adopted father's views on political subjects without meddling with them.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
Finally, the vigilance of the Secessionists prevailed, and, late in the afternoon of a winter day, the ordinance was signed.
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Yet, strange to say, the only secessionist I met in the course of my wanderings in this region was a Finn.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
In one respect the secessionist tendency is dangerous to China herself as well as inconvenient to the powers.
"China, Japan and the U.S.A." by John Dewey

In news:

Secessionist talk has nothing to do with race.
Here's to the venomous secessionists.
Counseling for would-be secessionists.
The new secessionist movement is bad for America.
(See: "Secessionists get attention through White House site," Nov 14).
Today's Texas secessionists should look to Sam Houston for guidance .
Meanwhile, others jumped in with their own petitions seeking to strip the citizenship and "exile" the would-be secessionists.
Other GOP governors throughout the country have also distanced themselves from the secessionist movement, which has now swept through all 50 states.
Might as well hug your favorite secessionist .
How loud is the secessionist movement, and where is it strongest.
Secessionist sentiment sweeps the nation in the wake of a controversial presidential election.
Ultimately the Confederates were defeated, as we all know, and the secessionist movement was iced.
The prominent critic of Cambodia's government was sentenced to 20 years in prison for an alleged secessionist plot.
Gov Rick Perry does not believe in the secessionist movement, saying he believes in the strength of the Union.
"That is not my agenda, and it's not part of the Tea Party in Wichita Falls," he said of the citizen-led secessionist movement.