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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.]
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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
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noun favouritism, prejudice, bias, sectarianism, factionalism, one-sidedness The Republicans made a rebuttal of the charge of excessive partisanship.
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An inclination for or against that inhibits impartial judgment:
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[ˌpɑːtɪˈzænʃɪp] Npartidismo m
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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.
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.
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.
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.
"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. Despairing, I had him removed to the pits, where he still is.
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.
Here the cook began to cry, and the housemaid said it was 'a shame!' for which partisanship she received a month's warning on the spot.
Although he wrote it as a primer on the political landscape of his own day and place, which included perpetual spats between Whigs and Tories, Hazlitt knew that partisanship was, in varying degrees, a universal preoccupation.
Kaufman uses the themes of ambition, pragmatic partisanship, and loyalty to the GOP as signposts to guide the reader through Ford's life and the priorities that shaped his career.
The partisanship of ideas is very different from the partisanship of emotions.
Sex, Power, and Partisanship: How Evolutionary Science Makes Sense of Our Political Divide comes from an evolutionary psychologist who draws important connections between male-dominated social hierarchies in primates and modern political ideas and conflicts.
Reacting to allegations of partisanship, coercion and shooting of voters in some areas across the country during the elections, it said that soldiers deployed on election duty were professional and proactive in their conduct.