V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) 1. a strong supporter of a group, person, or cause; 2. a member of an unofficial military; (adj.) 1. biased and unwilling to listen to other opinions when supporting a particular person, group, or cause; 2. devoted to a group or cause
Synonyms: (n.) defender, supporter, patron, adherent, guerrilla, (adj.) biased, prejudiced, partial
Antonyms: (adj.) non-partisan, open-minded, tolerant, unbiased
Tips: Although partisan has many definitions, it is most commonly used to describe someone with one-sided political beliefs (liberal or conservative). Think of the word party and its meaning of "political organization." A partisan person is partial to one political party. The related word partisanship also denotes a bias toward one thing over another.
The dinner was held for partisan supporters of the President. (adherent, biased) adjective
Washington DC has become too partisan and neither side is willing to work with the other. (biased, entrenched) adjective
The partisans fought against their country's government, in hopes of overtaking it. (guerillas) noun
The government set up a non-partisan committee to investigate war crimes. (unbiased, impartial) adjective
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