from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A theory or doctrine which supports a state of separation between organizations, institutions, or other societal groups (e.g. between church and state) or between different political jurisdictions (e.g. a country and its former colony).
  • n. The practice of treating members of different societal groups in a politically, legally, or economically different manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The character or act of a separatist; disposition to withdraw from a church; the practice of so withdrawing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Separatist principles or practices; disposition to separate or withdraw from some combination or union.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. advocacy of a policy of strict separation of church and state
  • n. a disposition toward schism and secession from a larger group; the principles and practices of separatists
  • n. a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups


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  • Third, separatism is um foundational to fundamentalism, and it requires people who leave to be considered apostate.

    In Which I Wax Mostly Clever « Unknowing

  • Basically separatism is an idea that will die with an older generation who continues to support it vehemently.

    Matthew Yglesias » My Long-Awaited Revenge

  • Nationalist-based fascism and separatism is not a Texas or Southern issue, it's the train that the Far Right is now riding in every region of America.

    Stop Letting Their Lies Frame The Discourse

  • The most recent polls indicate separatism is supported by only about one third of the population of Quebec, the lowest number in forty years, yet the Bloc got most seats.

    Matthew Yglesias » Worthwhile Canadian Blogpost

  • The issue of Basque separatism is central to the novel.

    The Spanish Game by Charles Cumming: Questions

  • David Cameron, at the Scottish Conservatives Conference warned that the Union had never been in more danger and "the ugly stain of separatism is seeping through the Union flag"; what is the best way we, as UK Unionists, can prevent that stain from spreading?

    On the spot: Neil Johnston, NI Conservatives.

  • Cases where imposition of attempted imposition of monolingualism made no difference or made worse separatist tensions: 19th century Ireland (Irish almost wiped out by enforced English-only in the National Schools: made bugger-all difference to Irish desires for separatism from the UK, Kurds in Turkey, Kosovar Albanians in the 1990s.)

    Matthew Yglesias » Getting Worse

  • Quebec separatism is an emotional issue, not an intellectual one.

    not so fast

  • Quebec separatism is something peculiarly Canadian, although having lived in Montreal from 88-90 and having seen Meech Lake from inside the province, I can say it's unfortunately virulent.

    i'm just saying

  • They know that the immigrants who are coming in of course are the ones with the big families, the ones who want to learn English, the federalists, so the core of separatism is shrinking.

    Malice in Blunderland


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