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noun 
  1. An adherent to a party or faction
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: <http://www.classicallibrary.org/aristotle/metaphysics/>. Book 1, Part 5.
    • : while Xenophanes, the first of these partisans of the One (for Parmenides is said to have been his pupil), gave no clear statement,
      1. A fervent, sometimes militant, supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.
      2. The commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy.
      3. Any member of such troops.
      4. A kind of halberd or pike; also, a truncheon; a staff.
adjective 
  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. Serving as a partisan in a detached command; as, a partisan officer or corps.
  3. Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics.
Etymology: partigiano


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