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 (sĕp′ər-ə-tĭst, sĕp′rə-, sĕp′ə-rā′-)
1. One who secedes or advocates separation from a group, as from a nation or an established church.
2. One who advocates cultural, ethnic, or racial separation.

sep′a·ra·tism n.
sep′a·ra·tist adj.
sep′a·ra·tis′tic adj.


(ˈsɛpərətɪst; ˈsɛprə-) or


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. a person who advocates or practises secession from an organization or group
b. (as modifier): a separatist movement.
ˈseparaˌtism n
ˌseparaˈtistic adj


(ˈsɛpərətɪst; ˈsɛprə-)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (sometimes not capital) a person who advocates the secession of a province, esp Quebec, from Canada
ˈSeparaˌtism n


(ˈsɛp ər ə tɪst, -əˌreɪ-)

1. a person who separates, as from a church.
2. an advocate of ecclesiastical or political separation.
3. of or pertaining to separatists.
sep′a•ra•tism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.separatist - an advocate of secession or separation from a larger group (such as an established church or a national union)
church service, church - a service conducted in a house of worship; "don't be late for church"
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
white separatist - someone who advocates a society in which white people live separately from members of other races
Adj.1.separatist - having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude; "a breakaway faction"
independent - free from external control and constraint; "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"


A person who dissents from the doctrine of an established church:
المُؤَيِّد للإنْفِصال السِّياسي
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A. ADJseparatista
B. Nseparatista mf


adj [movement, party, organization] → séparatiste; [person, campaigner] → séparatiste; [activity, violence] → séparatiste
nséparatiste mf


nSeparatist(in) m(f)


[ˈsɛprətɪst] adj & nseparatista (m/f)


(ˈsepəreit) verb
1. (sometimes with into or from) to place, take, keep or force apart. He separated the money into two piles; A policeman tried to separate the men who were fighting.
2. to go in different directions. We all walked along together and separated at the cross-roads.
3. (of a husband and wife) to start living apart from each other by choice.
(-rət) adjective
1. divided; not joined. He sawed the wood into four separate pieces; The garage is separate from the house.
2. different or distinct. This happened on two separate occasions; I like to keep my job and my home life separate.
ˈseparateness noun
ˈseparable adjective
that can be separated.
ˈseparately (-rət-) adverb
in a separate way; not together.
ˈseparates (-rəts) noun plural
garments (eg jerseys, skirts, trousers, blouses, shirts) that can be worn together in varying combinations.
ˌsepaˈration noun
1. the act of separating or the state or period of being separated. They were together again after a separation of three years.
2. a (legal) arrangement by which a husband and wife remain married but live separately.
ˈseparatist (-rə-) noun
a person who urges separation from an established political state, church etc.
ˈseparatism noun
separate off
to make or keep (a part or parts) separate.
separate out
to make or keep separate or distinct.
separate up (often with into)
to divide. The house has been separated up into different flats.

separate is spelt with -ar- (not -er-).
References in classic literature ?
They were sometimes called Separatists because they separated themselves from the church of England, sometimes Brownists after the name of one of their eminent ministers.
Engaging Eurasia's Separatist States: Unresolved conflicts And De Facto States by Dov Lynch (Research Fellow, European Union Institute for Security Studies) draws upon the author's travels, familiarity with local political, military, and economic dynamics, and access to the leaders of the recent secessionist states South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transnistria, and Nagorno-Karabakh.
The separatist issue is an interesting development.
16) Indeed, the Particular Baptist Confession of 1644 was largely derived from the Separatist Confession of 1596, as later the 1677 Confession reflected the form and substance of the Westminster and Savoy Confessions.
This will involve mending relations with former political opponents and separatist groups, including MILE The plan includes the establishment of a "truth commission" to investigate human rights violations and corruption.
A relatively recent arrival in the town of Ruby and thus not a descendent of the original town founders, Misner attempts to raise the consciousness of the young people to a national movement in the face of their fathers and grandfathers, who established first Haven and then Ruby on racist, separatist grounds and who strive to protect this separatism at all costs.
Yet in September, the Bush administration declared that a hitherto-unknown Uighur separatist group had ties to al Qaeda.
As is the case with the Muslim population in Chechnya, discontent among the Uighurs has given rise to a militant separatist movement.
Whereas conservatives place ultimate authority in the papacy and accept--grudgingly, sometimes--the validity of the Second Vatican Council, separatists--I call them separatist although their preferred term is traditionalist--by and large reject unequivocally the Second Vatican Council and the new Mass.
If the Parti Quebecois returns to power, premier Mr Lucien Bouchard has pledged to hold a referendum on secession whenever he judges conditions are right for a separatist victory.
For a while new priests in the separatist groups could be ordained by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1905-91), who had refused to sign the Vatican II's declarations and become leader of the traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X.
For instance, the Congress of Racial Equality, which had helped organize the integrationist Freedom Rides in the early '60s had by mid-decade become resolutely separatist.