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partisan

noun [C]     /ˌpɑː.tɪˈzæn/ /ˈpɑː.tɪ.zæn/ US  /ˈpɑːr.t̬ɪ.zən/
(in a country that has been defeated) a member of a secret armed force whose aim is to fight against an enemy that is controlling the countrySoldiers and people who fight in warsTaking action against people in power someone who supports a person, principle, or political partySupporters, members and defendersBelievers and non-believers partisanship     /-ʃɪp/ noun [U] There was a certain partisanship about the way that votes were cast.Unfairness and favouring someone unfairlyJustice and fairness
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