Definitions of partisan

  1. adhering or confined to a particular sect or denomination or party; " denominational prejudice"
  2. an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
  3. a pike with a long tapering double- edged blade with lateral projections; 16th and 17th centuries
  4. a fervent and even militant proponent of something
  5. devoted to a cause or party
  6. affiliated with one party or faction
  7. An adherent to a party or faction; esp., one who is strongly and passionately devoted to a party or an interest.
  8. The commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy.
  9. Any member of such a corps.
  10. Adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence to a party; as, blinded by partisan zeal.
  11. Serving as a partisan in a detached command; as, a partisan officer or corps.
  12. A kind of halberd or pike; also, a truncheon; a staff.
  13. A devoted follower, especially of a political cause or faction.
  14. Pertaining to, or in favor of, a person, cause, or faction.
  15. Partisanship.
  16. An adherent of a party or faction.
  17. Adhering to a party.
  18. A kind of halberd.
  19. An adherent of a party.
  20. Belonging to a party.
  21. Same as PARTIZAN, etc.
  22. Of or pertaining to a party or partizans; intensely devoted to a party.
  23. A bigoted adherent of a party or cause.
  24. Partizanship.
  25. Adhering to a party; employed in a special enterprise.
  26. An adherent to a party or faction; one appointed to the conduct of a special enterprise.
  27. A kind of halbert.
  28. A kind of halberd; a truncheon; light troops engaged in desultory warfare, or the officer who leads them.
  29. An adherent to a party or faction; one devotedly and violently attached to a party or interest.
  30. Pert. to a party or faction; biassed in favour of a party or interest.

Usage examples for partisan

  1. Marshall was usually most scrupulous to steer clear of partisan politics both in his letters and in his conversation, so that on one occasion he was much aroused by a newspaper article which had represented him " as using language which could be uttered only by an angry party man." – John Marshall and the Constitution A Chronicle of the Supreme Court, Volume 16 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Edward S. Corwin
  2. In 1640 Milton plunged into a great struggle in which his attitude throughout was that of an angry and contemptuous partisan. – Milton by John Bailey
  3. While in England, Cauchon became a thorough partisan of the English, and the humble servant of the proud Prince- Cardinal. – Joan of Arc by Ronald Sutherland Gower
  4. The administration of these islands should be as wholly free from the suspicion of partisan politics as the administration of the Army and Navy. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  5. He was no blind partisan of the English cause in that country, and had even written of the hereditary hatred of Irish for English as a sentiment justified by the facts of history. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  6. We can not secure that if we stop to engage in a partisan controversy. – State of the Union Addresses of Calvin Coolidge by Calvin Coolidge
  7. With all the vividness of her impressions, a partisan for the moment of him and Dellarme, she sketched Feller's part with the automatic. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  8. In his official report he wrote: " The close relation General Ashby bore to my command for most of the previous twelve months will justify me in saying that as a partisan officer I never knew his superior. – Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson
  9. Can any man who knows you remain non- partisan? – The Firing Line by Robert W. Chambers
  10. 7. I place little truth in that article, since it appeared in a strong partisan paper. – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  11. During the evening these Frenchmen managed to slip into my ear, in turn, two or three little phrases of this kind: " Don't listen," the first one said to me, " to that partisan of the Government of Paris; he is a lawyer who has come here with a commission from M. Jules Favre. – Parisian Points of View by Ludovic Halévy Commentator: Brander Matthews
  12. He thus became a partisan, and a most efficient partisan, in that controversy. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  13. It is a condition of mind which is partisan, exaggerated and egotistical, and is developed by environment and training. – Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller
  14. Now many a Spanish partisan also hoped for deliverance from the Prince of Orange, but he took advantage of the favour of circumstances in behalf of the great cause of liberty. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  15. The true politician, looking ever to the highest interests of the state, is a public benefactor; while it very frequently happens that the mere political partisan is a public nuisance, if not a public disgrace. – The True Citizen, How To Become One by W. F. Markwick, D. D. and W. A. Smith, A. B.
  16. Then again, he was rather too much of a partisan, to make a good historian. – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  17. If we succeed in these tasks, there will be credit enough for all- not only for doing what is right, but doing it in the right way, by rising above partisan interest to serve the national interest. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  18. The Liberal party want a certain vote, which they think they could secure better by sending up a stranger from the Reform Club, who knows little and cares less about the burghs, than by supporting a man who will look into political and national questions for himself, and who will not be a mere partisan. – Mr. Hogarth's Will by Catherine Helen Spence
  19. You will find it difficult to get a judgment of Jethro Bass that is not a partisan judgment, and yet I believe that that article is in the main a history of the life of Jethro Bass. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  20. In spite of their experience of the last session, Democrats and Republicans who stand for good government hesitate at the suggestion of non- partisan organization of Senate and Assembly. – Story of the Session of the California Legislature of 1909 by Franklin Hichborn