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unionist

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Pronunciation: /ˈjuːnjənɪst
 
, -ɪən-/

Definition of unionist in English:

noun

1A member of a trade union.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2.1 historical A member of a British political party formed in 1886 which supported maintenance of the parliamentary union between Great Britain and Ireland.
2.2An opponent of secession during the American Civil War of 1861-5.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

unionism

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Beneath the heated debate lay different approaches to unionism, politics, and the future course of labour.
  • Now anyone who knows the history of Northern Ireland and of unionism must appreciate the great significance of this.
  • In his absence, where will the voice of Ulster unionism emanate from?

unionistic

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈnɪstɪk/
adjective
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.

Words that rhyme with unionist

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