partisan

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɑː.tɪˌzæn/, /ˌpɑː.təˈzæn/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɑɹ.tɪ.zən/, /ˈpɑɹ.tə.zən/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From French partisan, from Italian partigiano (defender of a party), from parte (part). English from the mid-16th century. The sense of "guerilla fighter" is from c. 1690. The adjective in the military sense dates from the early 18th century, in the political sense since 1842.

Noun[edit]

partisan (plural partisans)

  1. An adherent to a party or faction.
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: <http://www.classicallibrary.org/aristotle/metaphysics/>. Book 1, Part 5.
      while Xenophanes, the first of these partisans of the One (for Parmenides is said to have been his pupil), gave no clear statement,
  2. A fervent, sometimes militant, supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.
  3. A member of a band of detached light, irregular troops acting behind occupying enemy lines in the ways of harassment or sabotage; a guerrilla fighter
  4. (now rare) The commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy.
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partisan (comparative more partisan, superlative most partisan)

  1. Serving as commander or member of a body of detached light troops: as, a partisan officer or corps.
  2. Adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence to a party; as, blinded by partisan zeal.
  3. Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics.
    • 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, BBC Sport:
      England will regard it as a measure of justice for Frank Lampard's disallowed goal against Germany in Bloemfontein at the 2010 World Cup - but it was also an illustration of how they rode their luck for long periods in front of a predictably partisan home crowd.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French partizaine, partisanne et al., from Italian partigiana, related to Etymology 1, above (apparently because it was seen as a typical weapon of such forces).

Noun[edit]

partisan (plural partisans)

  1. (historical) A spear with a triangular, double-edged blade.
  2. (obsolete) A soldier armed with such a weapon.
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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian partigiano.

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partisan m (plural partisans)

  1. supporter, proponent, advocate

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partisan m (feminine partisane, masculine plural partisans, feminine plural partisanes)

  1. partisan, partial
  2. in favour of

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Jèrriais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French partisan.

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partisan m (plural partisans)

  1. supporter