partisan (n.) 1550s, "one who takes part with another, zealous supporter," from M.Fr. partisan (15c.), from dialectal upper It. partezan (Tuscan partigiano) "member of a faction, partner," from parte "part, party," from L. partem (nom. pars), see PART (Cf. part) (n.). Sense of "guerilla fighter" is first recorded 1690s. The adjective is 1708 for warfare, 1842 for politics.

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  • partisan — partisan, ane [ partizɑ̃, an ] n. et adj. • 1477; it. partigiano, de parte « part, partie » I ♦ N. (Rare au fém.) 1 ♦ Personne qui est attachée, dévouée à qqn, à un parti. ⇒ adepte, allié, ami, disciple, fidèle; aficionado, 2. supporter; péj.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Partisan — may refer to:Political mattersIn politics, partisan literally means organized into political parties. The expression Partisan politics usually refers to fervent, sometimes militant support of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea. Although… …   Wikipedia

  • 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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mil.) Serving as a partisan… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Partisan — Sm Untergrundkämpfer erw. fach. (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. partisan Parteigänger , dieses aus it. partigiano, einer Ableitung von it. parte f. Teil , aus l. pars (partis) f. Dann Teilnehmer an einer kleinen, selbständig kämpfenden… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • partisan — Partisan. s. m. Celuy qui est attaché au parti de quelqu un. Les partisans de Pompée. il est de vos partisans. cet autheur a bien des partisans. chacun a ses partisans. Il signifie aussi, Celuy qui fait un traité, un parti avec le Roy pour des… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Partisan — Par ti*san (p[aum]r t[i^]*zan), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • partisan — I adjective biased, clannish, cliquish, denominational, devoted, factional, factionary, fanatic, fautor, homo studiosus, influenced, leagued, partial, predisposed, sectarian, swayed, undetached, undispassionate II noun adherent, advocate, ally,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Partisan — Partisan: Die Bezeichnung für »bewaffneter, aus dem Hinterhalt operierender Widerstandskämpfer« wurde im 17. Jh. aus gleichbed. frz. partisan entlehnt, das wörtlich etwa »Parteigänger, Anhänger« bedeutet und seinerseits aus it. partigiano… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • partisan — [adj] interested, factional accessory, adhering, biased, bigoted, blind, cliquish, colored, conspiratorial, denominational, devoted, diehard*, exclusive, fanatic, jaundiced, onesided, overzealous, partial, prejudiced, prepossessed, sectarian,… …   New thesaurus

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