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.
Contemporary Examples

He also implied that the rockets could be coming from within the separatist ranks.
Ukraine Denies Deadly Grad Rocket Attacks on Donetsk Anna Nemtsova July 22, 2014

Consequently, it was an American victory, not a separatist or segregated win.
The End of ‘Bad Boy’ Thinking Stanley Crouch November 19, 2008

But the real connection to Moscow is that they directly support the separatist militia.
Congress: MH17 Crash Is ‘Act of Terror,’ and Putin May Be to Blame Josh Rogin July 16, 2014

We have Matthew Rhys from The Americans as a Welsh separatist.
‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS Marlow Stern January 7, 2015

The threat of Russian military intervention combined with separatist agitation in eastern Ukraine already is bearing results.
Putin Can Take Ukraine Without an Invasion, and Probably Will Jamie Dettmer April 11, 2014

Historical Examples

This in itself is a remarkable stride in advance, which the separatist will find difficult to explain away.
Against Home Rule (1912) Various

Like most of the leaders of the separatist campaign, Agoncillo was astute.
The Katipunan J. Brecknock Watson (AKA Francis St. Clair)

In our country many of the most eminent scholars are no believers in separatist criticism.
Homer and His Age Andrew Lang

But no one in Ireland in 1912 thought of a separatist rebellion.
John Redmond’s Last Years Stephen Gwynn

Many of the best of the laity forsook their separatist principles and returned to the historic church of the old home.
The Loyalists of Massachusetts James H. Stark


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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