Partisan vs Confederate - What's the difference?

partisan | confederate |

As nouns the difference between partisan and confederate

is that partisan is partisan (member of a body of detached light troops) while confederate is a supporter or resident of the confederate states of america.

As an adjective confederate is

of or relating to the confederate states of america.


Alternative forms

* partizan

Etymology 1

From (etyl) partisan, from (etyl) . English from the mid-16th century. The sense of "guerilla fighter" is from c. 1690. The adjective in the military sense dates from the early 18th century, in the political sense since 1842.


(en noun)
  • An adherent to a party or faction.
  • * 1924 : ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics . Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: . Book 1, Part 5.
  • while Xenophanes, the first of these partisans of the One (for Parmenides is said to have been his pupil), gave no clear statement,
  • A fervent, sometimes militant, supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.
  • A member of a band of detached light, irregular troops acting behind occupying enemy lines in the ways of harassment or sabotage; a guerrilla fighter
  • The commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Serving as commander or member of a body of detached light troops: as, a partisan officer or corps.
  • Adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence to a party; as, blinded by partisan zeal.
  • Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics.
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    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) partizaine, (partisanne) et al., from (etyl) partigiana, related to Etymology 1, above (apparently because it was seen as a typical weapon of such forces).


    (en noun)
  • (historical) A spear with a triangular, double-edged blade.
  • (obsolete) A soldier armed with such a weapon.
  • See also
    * halberd


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    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)


    (en noun)
  • a member of a confederacy
  • an accomplice in a plot
  • * Macaulay
  • He found some of his confederates in gaol.
  • (psychology) An actor who participates in a psychological experiment pretending to be a subject but in actuality working for the researcher (also known as a "stooge").
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • of, relating to, or united in a confederacy
  • banded together; allied.
  • * Shakespeare
  • All the swords / In Italy, and her confederate arms, / Could not have made this peace.


    * , Youth's Antiphony, lines 11-12 *: Hour after hour, remote from the world's throng, *: Work, contest, fame, all life's confederate pleas


  • To combine into a confederacy.
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