Sep·a·ra·tism n. The character or act of a separatist; disposition to withdraw from a church; the practice of so withdrawing.
n 1: a social system that provides separate facilities for
minority groups [syn: segregation]
2: 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"