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1. A fervent, sometimes militant supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.
2. A member of an organized body of fighters who attack or harass an enemy, especially within occupied territory; a guerrilla.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a partisan or partisans.
2. Biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics.
[French, from Old French, from Old Italian dialectal partisano, variant of Old Italian partigiano, from parte, part, from Latin pars, part-; see part.]
par·ti·san 2also par·ti·zan (pär′tĭ-zən)
A weapon having a blade with lateral projections mounted on the end of a long shaft, used chiefly in the 1500s and 1600s.
[French partizane, from Italian dialectal *(arma) partisana, partisan (weapon), feminine sing. of partisano, supporter; see partisan1.]
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|Noun||1.||partisanship - an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives|
inclination, tendency, disposition - an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"
anthropocentricity, anthropocentrism - an inclination to evaluate reality exclusively in terms of human values
ethnocentrism - belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group
Eurocentrism - belief in the preeminence of Europe and the Europeans
bias, prejudice, preconception - a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
tilt - a slight but noticeable partiality; "the court's tilt toward conservative rulings"
unfairness - partiality that is not fair or equitable