Definition of partisan in English:

partisan

Syllabification: par·ti·san
Pronunciation: /ˈpärdəzən
 
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noun

1A strong supporter of a party, cause, or person.
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  • Also, the fact that party partisans are put in charge of running the elections is crazy and is an obvious conflict of interest.
  • Democratic partisans believe they smell blood in the water, and their instinct is to swarm.
  • Today, as in the past, chefs are grouped into ‘schools’ with debates raging between the partisans of one and supporters of another.
Synonyms
supporter, follower, adherent, devotee, champion; fanatic, fan, enthusiast, stalwart, zealot, booster
2A member of an armed group formed to fight secretly against an occupying force, in particular one operating in enemy-occupied Yugoslavia, Italy, and parts of eastern Europe in World War II.
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  • Giovanni Pesce fought with the partisans during the Second World War.
  • Whether the same is true in the realm of the very small - the warfare of guerrillas, partisans, and terrorists - is more difficult to say.
  • He reminded listeners that in 1943 Yugoslav partisans in Serbia fought against numerically superior German forces and won.
Synonyms
guerrilla, freedom fighter, resistance fighter, underground fighter, irregular (soldier)

adjective

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Prejudiced in favor of a particular cause: newspapers have become increasingly partisan
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  • It is part of the sincerity of rational arguments that they are never knowingly glosses for partisan prejudices.
  • Of course, many of those who were right about the war were only right because of their own partisan prejudices.
  • It's getting very hard to attribute these kinds of responses to sheer ignorance - or even partisan bias.
Synonyms
biased, prejudiced, one-sided, discriminatory, colored, partial, interested, sectarian, factional

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, via Italian dialect from Italian partigiano, from parte 'part' (from Latin pars, part-).

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