- noun1. 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• Derivationally related forms: ↑separatist• Hypernyms: ↑disposition2. advocacy of a policy of strict separation of church and state• Syn: ↑separationism• Hypernyms: ↑separation3. a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups• Syn: ↑segregation• Hypernyms: ↑social organization, ↑social organisation, ↑social structure, ↑social system, ↑structure
Useful english dictionary. 2012.