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irredentism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n irredentism the doctrine that irredenta should be controlled by the country to which they are ethnically or historically related
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n irredentism The system or political program of the Irredentists.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Irredentism the programme of the Irredentist party
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. irredentistairredenta (Italia), 'unredeemed'—L. in, not, redemptus, redimĕre, to redeem.

Usage

In literature:

European Unionism clashed with brown-turning-black nationalism and irredentism.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
Alsace and Lorraine are, it is true, no longer in German hands, but ... irredentism has only changed its camp.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Bulgaria, motivated mainly by irredentism, fought on the German side during both world wars.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
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