"partisans" in the noun sense
1. partisan, zealot, drumbeater
a fervent and even militant proponent of something
2. enthusiast, partisan, partizan
an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
3. partisan, partizan
a pike with a long tapering double-edged blade with lateral projections 16th and 17th centuries
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