Definitions

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)

Etymologies

From separate +‎ -ist. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Nobody in the PMO's communications office has yet answered the question why Harper has been using the term separatist when speaking of the Bloc Québecois for his anglophone audience and souverainiste when he speaks French.

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  • The term separatist movements usually refers to social movements that aspire to autonomy for a particular group of people from a dominant political institution under which they suffer

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  • Joel Mahlangu of Mamelodi agreed, saying it was dangerous to promote what he called separatist ideology in education.

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  • Kashmir never belonged to India and thus the use of the term separatist is false).

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  • China has been struggling for years to contain separatist sentiment among the ethnic Uighur minority in Xinjiang.

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  • Rather than use this opportunity to fairly distribute aid to the affected population -- many of whom being among the minority Tamil population or living in Tamil separatist-controlled areas -- the majority Sinhalese-controlled government dropped the ball and focused mainly on restoring tourist areas in the country's wealthier non-Tamil areas.

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  • Earlier this year Pamuk told a Swiss newspaper that Turkey had killed 30,000 Kurds in separatist struggles during recent decades and a million Armenians in a genocide during World War I. Discussion of either subject is highly controversial and stringently policed in Turkey.

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  • The true separatist is quite prepared to abandon the migrant French Canadian to absortion in the American culture that surrounds him.

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  • In this respect the French-Canadian separatist is far from realistic -- if he wants to do business outside Quebec -- and, mind you, he does -- he must learn to speak English, and since our biggest market is to the south of us, and probably always will be, realism will not take a back seat to nationalism.

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  • Ichkeria is the name separatist Chechens use for the republic.

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