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Definition someone or an adjective describing someone who strongly supports a person, group, or idea

Often used to indicate the partisan will not give a fair hearing to an opposing person, group, or idea. Occasionally refers to a member of an armed resistance group.
  • I was hoping for a balanced report, but heard only partisan praise.
partisan = coming from someone who strongly supports a person, group, or idea
  • ...judges who become too caught up in the essentially political role of making new policies are apt to lose their neutrality and become partisans...
    Richard Posner  --  Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy
  • It may be a cliché, and it may be a partisan attack term, but it is also true: There is a culture of corruption across Capitol Hill.
    Michael S. Greve  --  How to Think about Constitutional Change, Part II  --,pubID.22622/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • He claims to be a partisan of neither party, but only of truth.
  • I avow myself the partisan of truth alone.
    William Harvey
  • Partisan politics was legitimized during the Jacksonian Era of American history.
  • Yitzchak, who had indeed escaped, had lived in the forest with the partisans, fighting the Germans.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • partisans = members of an armed resistance group
  • That was before the first "partizan" groups had been formed;
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • partizan = strongly supporting an idea
  • The partisan, when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.
  • I never heard you make such a bitter partisan speech before, Captain Jim.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne's House of Dreams
  • The so-called partisan war began with the entry of the French into Smolensk.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • Thinkers like Herbert Croly and John Dewey articulated their ideas in behalf of a great partisan movement to defeat a prevailing view—what they called "individualism"—and to institute a new one.
    James W. Ceaser  --  Toward a New Public Philosophy  --,filter.all/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • The armed fighting in the Warsaw ghetto and thousands of brave deeds performed by Jewish partisans show that it was a very capable resistance too.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • In this matter, I act as a partisan of the lady concerned.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • In Natal, Zulu was murdering Zulu, for Inkatha members and ANC partisans are Zulus.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • This sentiment brewed up from a mixture of racism, conservatism, and partisan politics.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Nothing wrong when sane women with the vote might rid politics of partisanship, greed, crookedness?
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • The so-called partisan war began with the entry of the French into Smolensk.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Two noble gentlemen, who had a weakness for strong drink, had been made drunk by the partisans of Snetkov, and a third had been robbed of his uniform.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • My hour of favor was over; I found myself lumped along with Kurtz as a partisan of methods for which the time was not ripe: I was unsound!
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness

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