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Definition of "partisan" []

  • A fervent, sometimes militant supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea. (noun)
  • A member of an organized body of fighters who attack or harass an enemy, especially within occupied territory; a guerrilla. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of a partisan or partisans. (adjective)
  • Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics. (adjective)
  • A weapon having a blade with lateral projections mounted on the end of a long shaft, used chiefly in the 16th and 17th centuries. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "partisan" in a sentence
  • "Jeremy: I wouldn't use the term partisan hack after what you just wrote."
  • ""I also think you can use the term partisan when it comes to style, how you express yourself and how you communicate in the public square.""
  • "The defining characteristic of a partisan is the inability to apply the same standards to oneself as one does to the opposition."