a person who , withdraws, or secedes, as from an established church.
an advocate of , especially ecclesiastical or political .
of, relating to, or designating separatism or separatists:
separatist forces; separatist tendencies.

a person who advocates or practises secession from an organization or group
(as modifier): a separatist movement

(sometimes not capital) a person who advocates the secession of a province, esp Quebec, from Canada

c.1600, from separate + -ist. First used in a denominational religious sense; of political separations from 1871.


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