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Definition of Partisan


  1. An adherent to a party or faction; esp., one who is strongly and passionately devoted to a party or an interest.
  2. The commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy.
  3. Any member of such a corps.
  4. Adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence to a party; as, blinded by partisan zeal.
  5. Serving as a partisan in a detached command; as, a partisan officer or corps.
  6. A kind of halberd or pike; also, a truncheon; a staff.

Partisan Quotations

Caring for veterans shouldn't be a partisan issue. It should an American one.
Jennifer Granholm

The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Those who consider the Devil to be a partisan of Evil and angels to be warriors for Good accept the demagogy of the angels. Things are clearly more complicated.
Milan Kundera

Now is the time to show maximum responsibility. It is not the time to pay off old scores nor for sterile partisan recriminations. It is time to re-establish a climate of calmness and mutual respect.
Giorgio Napolitano

The country has sorted itself ideologically into the two political parties, and those partisan attachments have hardened in recent years. It will take an extraordinary event and act of leadership to break this partisan divide. I thought 9/11 might provide such an opportunity, but it was not seized.
Thomas E. Mann
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Partisan Translations

partisan in Latin is fautor
partisan in Spanish is partisano
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