noun Car·lism \ˈkärˌlizəm\

Definition of Carlism



  1. :  adherence to Don Carlos of Spain or his successors or to Carlist principles, plans, or claims

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Origin and Etymology of carlism

Spanish carlismo, from Don Carlos María Isidro de Borbón †1855 pretender to the throne of Spain + Spanish -ismo -ism

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to cast off or become cast off

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