from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An advocate of disunion, especially a secessionist during the U.S. Civil War.

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  • n. A supporter of disunionism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An advocate of disunion, specifically, of disunion of the United States.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An advocate of disunion; specifically, in United States history, one of those who, prior to and during the civil war of 1861-65, favored or sought the disruption of the United States.


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  • It was not the lowest term of abuse to call those who were conscious that they were struggling against oppression; and let me assure gentlemen that the term disunionist is rapidly assuming at the South the meaning which rebel took when it was baptized in the blood of Warren at Bunker Hill, and illustrated by the gallantry of Jasper at Fort Moultrie.

    American Eloquence, Volume 2 Studies In American Political History (1896)

  • Allow me to say, in reference to this matter, I regret that you have brought it about, but it is true that this epithet "disunionist" is likely soon to have very little terror in it in the South.

    American Eloquence, Volume 2 Studies In American Political History (1896)

  • It was Madison, they note, who nudged Jefferson out of retirement after his wife's death in 1782, initiated the criticisms of Hamilton that Jefferson continued in the early 1790s, was the "driving force" behind Jefferson's candidacy for the presidency in 1796, and helped reverse Jefferson's dangerously disunionist impulses three years later, after the Virginia and Kentucky resolutions had failed to rally the states against the Alien and Sedition Acts.

    Partners in revolution

  • Cushing was able to orchestrate his disunionist grand strategy with the help of two key colleagues, each of whom would rise with his steerage to key positions within both Confederate circles and that of the elite inner circle of Scottish Rite Masonry in Charleston: Albert Pike and John C. Breckinridge.

    Shadow of the Sentinel

  • An unfriendly critic might conclude that Jefferson was projecting his own disunionist intentions on to his opponents, whose only "crime" was to attempt to buttress the authority of the federal government in a period of global political crisis -- and "quasi-war" with France -- when national security was in jeopardy.

    Thomas Jefferson, Federalist. Peter S. Onuf

  • On the declaration above quoted Mr. Douglas based many arguments, in vain attempts to prove that Mr. Lincoln was a disunionist.

    Fifty Years of Public Service

  • He declared: "I do not believe that every Breckinridge man is a disunionist, but I do believe that every disunionist in America is a Breckinridge man."

    The Life of Abraham Lincoln

  • It is a vote also to reduce our exports and revenue from customs, to paralyze our industry; and finally, in its ultimate results, it is a vote against the war, for repudiation and disunion, and hence every disunionist will oppose the plan of the Secretary.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3 No 2, February 1863 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • Seward's late speech at Rochester as revolutionary and disunionist.

    A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3

  • There is not one disunionist or disloyalist among us all.

    A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3


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