separatism

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Separatism \Sep"a*ra*tism\, noun [CF. F. s['e]paratisme.] The character or act of a separatist; disposition to withdraw from a church; the practice of so withdrawing.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

separatism

noun

1: a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups [syn: {segregation}, {separatism}]

2: 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"

3: advocacy of a policy of strict separation of church and state [syn: {separationism}, {separatism}]


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