from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who secedes or advocates separation, especially from an established church; a sectarian or separationist.
- n. One who advocates disjunction of a group from a larger group or political unit: Basque separatists.
- n. One who advocates cultural, ethnic, or racial separation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who advocates separation from the established Church; a member of any of various sects or schismatics.
- n. A person who advocates or seeks the splitting of one country or territory into two politically independent countries or territories.
- adj. Advocating ecclesiastical separation.
- adj. Advocating or seeking the separation of one country or territory into two politically independent countries or territories.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who withdraws or separates himself; especially, one who withdraws from a church to which he has belonged; a seceder from an established church; a dissenter; a nonconformist; a schismatic; a sectary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who withdraws or separates himself; one who favors separation. Especially
- n. In recent British politics, an epithet applied by the Unionist party to their opponents, whom they charge with favoring the separation of Ireland from the United Kingdom.
- Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of separatists or separatism; advocating separation: as, separatist politics; separatist candidates for Parliament; a separatist movement.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude
- n. an advocate of secession or separation from a larger group (such as an established church or a national union)
From separate + -ist. (Wiktionary)