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Noun: separatism  'se-p(u-)ru,ti-zum
  1. A social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups
    - segregation
     
  2. A disposition toward schism and secession from a larger group; the principles and practices of separatists
    "separatism is a serious problem in Qu├ębec"; "demands for some form of separatism on grounds of religion have been perceived as a threat to mainstream education"
     
  3. Advocacy of a policy of strict separation of church and state
    - separationism

Derived forms: separatisms

Type of: disposition, separation, social organisation [Brit], social organization, social structure, social system, structure

Encyclopedia: Separatism