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par•ti•san



Pronunciation: (pär'tu-zun, -sun; Brit.pär"tu-zan'), [key]
n.
1. an adherent or supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, esp. a person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance.
2. Mil.a member of a party of light or irregular troops engaged in harassing an enemy, esp. a member of a guerrilla band engaged in fighting or sabotage against an occupying army.

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of partisans; partial to a specific party, person, etc.: partisan politics.
2. of, pertaining to, or carried on by military partisans or guerrillas. Also,partizan.

par•ti•san



Pronunciation: (pär'tu-zun, -sun), [key]
n.
a shafted weapon of the 16th and 17th centuries, having as a head a long spear blade with a pair of curved lobes at the base. Also,partizan.Cf. halberd.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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