Etymology
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separatism (n.)

"disposition to withdraw from some combination or union," 1620s, from separate + -ism. Especially in reference to a withdrawal from an established church, or to Church and State; from 1866 in a purely political sense.

updated on May 10, 2022

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Definitions of separatism from WordNet

separatism (n.)
a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups;
Synonyms: segregation
separatism (n.)
a disposition toward schism and secession from a larger group; the principles and practices of separatists;
separatism is a serious problem in Quebec
demands for some form of separatism on grounds of religion have been perceived as a threat to mainstream education
separatism (n.)
advocacy of a policy of strict separation of church and state;
Synonyms: separationism
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