Definition of partisan in English:

partisan

Line breaks: par¦ti|san
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːtɪzan
 
, ˌpɑːtɪˈzan
 
/

noun

1A strong supporter of a party, cause, or person: partisans of the exiled Stuarts
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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, backer, upholder, promoter, fanatic, fan, enthusiast, stalwart, zealot, disciple, votary; North Americanbooster, cohort
North American informal rooter
2A member of an armed group formed to fight secretly against an occupying force, in particular one operating in German-occupied Yugoslavia, Italy, and parts of eastern Europe in the Second World War: the partisans opened fire from the woods [as modifier]: it is not in the nature of partisan warfare to produce victory in the field
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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, member of the resistance, underground fighter, irregular soldier, irregular; terrorist

adjective

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Prejudiced in favour 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.
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Origin

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

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