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A separatist.
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(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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.separationist - 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
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A person who dissents from the doctrine of an established church:
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Current Indian Premier Narendra Modi, in his national day address to the nation has admitted of Indian support to the separationist elements in Balochistan.
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Yet, the fact that the regime remained safely in power in the wake of the Arab Spring, Tibetan separationist movements, and numerous local protests indicates the leadership's mastery of control over media.
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Although Jefferson did not stop church services in government buildings (necessitated by the paucity of large buildings in the budding city of Washington) and did not support government "antagonism" to religion, this does not demonstrate that Jefferson was not a "strict separationist" (249, 241).
Separationist movements were gathering momentum in India, he added.