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partisan


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Partisan  \Par"ti*san\,  n.  [F.  pertuisane  prob.  fr  It 
  partigiana  influenced  in  French  by  OF  pertuisier  to  pierce. 
  It  was  prob.  so  named  as  the  weapon  of  some  partisans,  or 
  party  men.  Cf  {Partisan}  one  of  a  corps  of  light  troops.] 
  A  kind  of  halberd  or  pike;  also  a  truncheon;  a  staff. 
 
  And  make  him  with  our  pikes  and  partisans  a  grave. 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Partisan  \Par"ti*san\,  n.  [F.,  fr  It  partigiano  See  {Party}, 
  and  cf  {Partisan}  a  truncheon.]  [Written  also  {partizan}.] 
  1.  An  adherent  to  a  party  or  faction;  esp.,  one  who  is 
  strongly  and  passionately  devoted  to  a  party  or  an 
  interest.  ``The  violence  of  a  partisan.''  --Macaulay. 
 
  Both  sides  had  their  partisans  in  the  colony. 
  --Jefferson. 
 
  2.  (Mil.) 
  a  The  commander  of  a  body  of  detached  light  troops 
  engaged  in  making  forays  and  harassing  an  enemy. 
  b  Any  member  of  such  a  corps. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Partisan  \Par"ti*san\,  a.  [Written  also  partizan.] 
  1.  Adherent  to  a  party  or  faction;  especially,  having  the 
  character  of  blind,  passionate,  or  unreasonable  adherence 
  to  a  party;  as  blinded  by  partisan  zeal. 
 
  2.  (Mil.)  Serving  as  a  partisan  in  a  detached  command;  as  a 
  partisan  officer  or  corps. 
 
  {Partisan  ranger}  (Mil.),  a  member  of  a  partisan  corps. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  partisan 
  adj  1:  affiliated  with  one  party  or  faction 
  2:  devoted  to  a  cause  or  party  [syn:  {partizan}]  [ant:  {nonpartisan}] 
  3:  adhering  or  confined  to  a  particular  sect  or  denomination  or 
  party;  "denominational  prejudice"  [syn:  {denominational}] 
  n  1:  a  fervent  and  even  militant  proponent  of  something  [syn:  {zealot}] 
  2:  an  ardent  and  enthusiastic  supporter  of  some  person  or 
  activity  [syn:  {enthusiast},  {partizan}] 
  3:  a  pike  with  a  long  tapering  double-edged  blade  with  lateral 
  projections;  16th  and  17th  centuries  [syn:  {partizan}] 




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