Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

par·ti·san 1

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·ship′ n.

par·ti·san 2

also 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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
sectionalism, localism, provincialism - a partiality for some particular place
unfairness - partiality that is not fair or equitable


noun favouritism, prejudice, bias, sectarianism, factionalism, one-sidedness The Republicans made a rebuttal of the charge of excessive partisanship.


An inclination for or against that inhibits impartial judgment:


[ˌpɑːtɪˈzænʃɪp] Npartidismo m


References in classic literature ?
They had the partisanship of household servants who like their places, and were not inclined to go the full length of the severe indignation felt against him by the farming tenants, but rather to make excuses for him; nevertheless, the upper servants, who had been on terms of neighbourly intercourse with the Poysers for many years, could not help feeling that the longed-for event of the young squire's coming into the estate had been robbed of all its pleasantness.
Finally I gave him a fair choice between freedom and the pits beneath the palace--the price of freedom to be full information as to where you were imprisoned and directions which would lead us to you; but still he maintained his stubborn partisanship.
Thus rid of any uncomfortable warmth of partisanship or load of obligation, she was dropping off to sleep when a light tap sounded upon her door.
Featherstone, two of Peacock's most important patients, had, from different causes, given an especially good reception to his successor, who had raised some partisanship as well as discussion.
Each of the inn servants of whom I inquired made it a matter of partisanship, and backed his favorite coach with the most consummate assurance.
To represent me as viewing it with ill-nature, animosity, or partisanship, is merely to do a very foolish thing, which is always a very easy one; and which I have disregarded for eight years, and could disregard for eighty more.
for which partisanship she received a month's warning on the spot.
This article compares partisanship across East Asian nations, with four indicators reflecting different dimensions of the concept.
In taking office, Pelosi uttered these gracious, and hopefully sincere words: ``I accept this gavel in the spirit of partnership, not partisanship.
The influx of women in leadership comes at a time when, after 12 years of heavy-handed GOP rule, partisanship has become uncommonly rancorous, even by Washington standards.
We couldn't resist a finer grained partisanship and, just as the old convenience of international communism broke down to reveal festering religious and ethnic paranoias, new architecture broke down into Po-Mo, High-Tech, Rat, De-Con, Neo-Mod and .
Hendrickson concludes, however, that such deference is best understood as a series of reactions to particular circumstances, that partisanship, leadership, and the historical context of each event dictated the outcome.