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[n] a pike with a long tapering double-edged blade with lateral projections; 16th and 17th centuries
[n] an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
[n] a fervent and even militant proponent of something
[adj] devoted to a cause or party
[adj] affiliated with one party or faction
[adj] adhering or confined to a particular sect or denomination or party; "denominational prejudice"

Misc. Definitions

\Par"ti*san\, 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 interest. ``The violence of a partisan.'' --Macaulay. Both sides had their partisans in the colony. --Jefferson.
2. (Mil.) (a) The commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy. (b) Any member of such a corps.
\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.
2. (Mil.) Serving as a partisan in a detached command; as, a partisan officer or corps. {Partisan ranger} (Mil.), a member of a partisan corps.
\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 pike; also, a truncheon; a staff. And make him with our pikes and partisans a grave. --Shak.

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