1A member of a trade union.
- Firstly, as a unionist and a member of a progressive union, I fully support redeployment, but you need to consider the time factor when you deal with it.
- Wives of picket line unionists were recipients of anonymous correspondence apparently aimed at driving a wedge between them and their husbands, with a view to ending the dispute in the company's favour.
- As usual, many protesters against economic globalisation in its present form will be unionists, and ALP members.
2 (Unionist) A person, especially a member of a Northern Ireland political party, who is in favour of the union of Northern Ireland with Great Britain.
- Many Unionists are members of the anti-Catholic Orange Order.
- Assembly members have to declare themselves Unionists or Republicans.
- In the Whitewell area an independent candidate came second to Paisley's Democratic Unionists in recent council elections.
2.2An opponent of secession during the American Civil War of 1861-5.
- With secession, Philadelphia's unionists believed that the very foundation of their prosperity as a class had been placed in jeopardy.
- Virginia unionists controlled the state secession convention from its opening in February into the early days of April.
- His theories of nullification and state interposition offered a third path between unconditional unionists and secessionists.
- Example sentences
- Those who seek to promote the Eureka Stockade as a profoundly important revolution in Australian history in a unionistic or Marxian sense are not doing any favors for the flag they favour.
- He allows a man who already had apologized for unionistic actions before to go and commit the same sin again.
- That is, unless the basic freedoms of the unionistic order were abolished - which was politically impossible.
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