partisan Definition

  • 1a strong supporter of a party, cause, or person
  • 2a member of an armed group formed to fight secretly against an occupying force, in particular one operating in enemy-occupied Yugoslavia, Italy, and parts of eastern Europe in the 1940s

Using partisan: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "partisan" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He is a partisan of the Republican Party.

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    She is a partisan of environmental causes.

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    The partisans fought bravely against the Nazi occupation.

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    The partisans were able to sabotage enemy supply lines.

partisan Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for partisan

Idioms Using partisan

  • to support one side of an argument or dispute without considering the facts or evidence


    He always takes partisan sides in arguments, even when he doesn't know all the details.

  • an issue that is highly controversial and divisive, often along political or ideological lines


    Climate change has become a highly partisan issue in recent years.

  • a partisan crowd

    a group of people who are strongly supportive of a particular team, candidate, or cause


    The home team had a partisan crowd cheering them on during the game.

Phrases with partisan

  • the practice of supporting a political party or candidate with unwavering loyalty, regardless of their policies or actions


    Partisan politics has led to a lack of cooperation and compromise in government.

  • a type of military conflict characterized by small, mobile units that operate behind enemy lines and engage in hit-and-run attacks


    Partisan warfare was a common tactic during World War II.

  • a deep and entrenched split between two opposing groups or ideologies


    The partisan divide in Congress has made it difficult to pass legislation.

Origins of partisan

from French 'partisan', from Italian 'partigiano', meaning 'member of a party'


Summary: partisan in Brief

The term 'partisan' [ˈpɑːtɪzn] refers to a strong supporter of a party, cause, or person. It can also refer to a member of an armed group fighting against an occupying force. Examples of usage include 'He is a partisan of the Republican Party.' and 'The partisans fought bravely against the Nazi occupation.' Phrases like 'partisan politics' and 'partisan divide' denote loyalty to a particular ideology, while idioms like 'take partisan sides' imply bias or lack of objectivity.

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