• WordNet 3.6
    • adj separatist having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude "a breakaway faction"
    • n separatist an advocate of secession or separation from a larger group (such as an established church or a national union)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Separatist One who withdraws or separates himself; especially, one who withdraws from a church to which he has belonged; a seceder from an established church; a dissenter; a nonconformist; a schismatic; a sectary. "Heavy fines on divines who should preach in any meeting of separatist ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n separatist One who withdraws or separates himself; one who favors separation. Especially One who withdraws from an established or other church to which he has belonged; a dissenter: as, the separatists (Brownists) of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: applied to the members of various specific sects, especially in Germany and Ireland.
    • n separatist In recent British politics, an epithet applied by the Unionist party to their opponents, whom they charge with favoring the separation of Ireland from the United Kingdom.
    • separatist Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of separatists or separatism; advocating separation: as, separatist politics; separatist candidates for Parliament; a separatist movement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Separatist one who separates or withdraws, esp. from an established church, a dissenter: a name applied by the Unionists to those Liberals in favour of granting Home Rule to Ireland
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. séparatiste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. separāre, -ātumse-, aside, parāre, to put.


In literature:

Every little congregation of Separatists was tracked out and broken up.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
Some would add, or Homer; but so far, happily, no "separatist" has taken Dante in hand.
"Dante: His Times and His Work" by Arthur John Butler
Despite frequent charges to the contrary, Grundtvig had no desire to engender a separatist movement in the church.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
At first the leaders of the migration were Nonconformists not Separatists.
"The Fathers of New England" by Charles M. Andrews
Of all these separatist tendencies, laughter is the great corrective.
"The American Mind" by Bliss Perry
He must be a Separatist, after all!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, March 22, 1890" by Various
But the chief objects of vengeance at this period were the Separatists.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852" by Various
The members of that body deny that they are separatists from the Established Church.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
The Tartar invasion and domination only contributed to the separatist tendencies in Russian society.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
Old Morality created sensation by openly avowing himself a Separatist.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, July 23, 1887." by Various

In news:

He says he will work for even bigger gains for separatists at the 2014 national elections.
He says he will work for even bigger gains for separatists at the 2014.
In Spain, separatist fever rises in time of crisis.
Racial Separatist Writings Resurface in NY17 GOP Contest.
Sheriff's deputies say a group of men attacked Bill Gaede, an admitted white separatist , at his home in the foothills near Squaw Valley.
The self-described white separatist shot during a home invasion Thursday night is blaming Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims for the attack.
Russia Voices Ongoing Support for Georgia's Separatist Enclaves.
Basque separatist arrested as Spain confronts region's future.
Russia warns of separatist storm.
Separatist Coalition Takes Lead In Voting in a Yugoslav Republic.
Flooding in Sri Lanka has now affected more than a million people, many of them minority Tamils whose community recently lost a decades-long separatist fight.
Beijing report says Turkic Chinese Muslim separatists fighting with radical groups in Syria.
The brothers are Uighurs , residents of China who are considered separatists by Beijing but are not enemies of the United States.
Western Sahara clashes threaten UN talks between Morocco, separatists.
The strike missed the two top leaders of the separatist republic and the federal Prime Minister, who were in the building at the time.