1. a person who separates, withdraws, or secedes, as from an established church.
  2. an advocate of separation, especially ecclesiastical or political separation.


  1. of, relating to, or designating separatism or separatists: separatist forces; separatist tendencies.


    1. a person who advocates or practises secession from an organization or group
    2. (as modifier)a separatist movement


  1. (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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