1. A fervent and even militant proponent of something; SYN. zealot.
2. A pike with a long tapering double-edged blade with lateral projections; 16th and 17th centuries; SYN. partizan.
Adherent or follower of a party, person, or principle; member of armed resistance group in enemy-occupied country.
Member of an armed group that operates behind enemy lines or in occupied territories during wars. The name “partisans” was first given to armed bands of Russians who operated against Napoleon’s army in Russia during 1812, but has since been used to describe Russian, Yugoslav, Italian, Greek, and Polish Resistance groups against the Germans during World War ii. In Yugoslavia the communist partisans under their leader, Tito, played a major role in defeating the Germans.
1. Commiserates with someone who has had misfortune; SYN. comforter.
2. Expresses hope that something will be successful; SYN. well-wisher.