Partisanship



[pahr-tuh-zuh n, -suh n; British pahr-tuh-zan] /ˈpɑr tə zən, -sən; British ˌpɑr təˈzæn/

noun
1.
an adherent or supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, especially a person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance.
2.
Military. a member of a party of light or irregular troops engaged in harassing an enemy, especially a member of a guerrilla band engaged in fighting or sabotage against an occupying army.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of partisans; partial to a specific party, person, etc.:
partisan politics.
4.
of, relating to, or carried on by military partisans or guerrillas.
/ˌpɑːtɪˈzæn; ˈpɑːtɪˌzæn/
noun
1.
an adherent or devotee of a cause, party, etc
2.

adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a partisan
4.
relating to or excessively devoted to one party, faction, etc; one-sided: partisan control
/ˈpɑːtɪzən/
noun
1.
a spear or pike with two opposing axe blades or spikes
n.

1831, from partisan + -ship.
n.

also partizan, 1550s, “one who takes part with another, zealous supporter,” from Middle French partisan (15c.), from dialectal upper Italian partezan (Tuscan partigiano) “member of a faction, partner,” from parte “part, party,” from Latin partem (nominative pars), see part (n.). Sense of “guerilla fighter” is first recorded 1690s.
adj.

1708 for warfare, 1842 for politics, from partisan (n.).

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