Partisan vs Upholder - What's the difference?

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Partisan is a related term of upholder.

As nouns the difference between partisan and upholder

is that partisan is partisan (member of a body of detached light troops) while upholder is someone who upholds something.


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.
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  • 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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    (en noun)
  • someone who upholds something
  • (obsolete) a dealer in secondhand furniture and clothes; an upholdster
  • English words with consonant pseudo-digraphs