partisan


partisan
I. noun also partizan Etymology: Middle French partisan, from north Italian dialect partiźan, from part part, party, from Latin part-, pars part Date: 1555 1. a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person; especially one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance 2. a. a member of a body of detached light troops making forays and harassing an enemy b. a member of a guerrilla band operating within enemy lines Synonyms: see followerpartisan adjectivepartisanly adverbpartisanship noun II. noun or partizan Etymology: Middle French partisane, from north Italian dialect partiźana, feminine of partiźan Date: 1556 a weapon of the 16th and 17th centuries with long shaft and broad blade

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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