plural -s
: a chiefly 19th century movement having as its principal aim the political union of all Germans
: a 20th century doctrine of German racial superiority and world domination by stages of imperial expansion

Word History


French pangermanisme (translation of German alldeutschtum), from pan- + germanisme Germanism, from Germanie Germany (from Latin Germania land occupied by the Germanic peoples in western Europe in Roman times) + -isme -ism

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“Pan-Germanism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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