Zi·​on·​ism ˈzī-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Zionism (audio)
: an international movement originally for the establishment of a Jewish national or religious community in Palestine and later for the support of modern Israel
Zionist adjective or noun
Zionistic adjective

Examples of Zionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The standard version is the projection onto the past from Zionism’s post-Second World War dilemmas and self-justifying rhetoric. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2024 The basic argument of Zionism — that the Jews are not safe — was vindicated by the death of six million. Emily Bazelon, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2024 The Reform movement has had its own shifts on the topic of Zionism. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2023 Eliot never uses the term Zionism, because it wouldn’t be coined for another 14 years. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 30 Jan. 2024 Many American Jews began to both embrace their European roots and support Zionism. Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Jan. 2024 This dynamic is rooted in the history of Israel and the revolutionary, if partial, success of Zionism. TIME, 10 Jan. 2024 But the influence of Likud’s historic alliance with Religious Zionism has been grave, and will outlast generational personalities. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 During World War II, his father traveled to promote pacifism and Zionism. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 6 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Zionism was in 1890

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“Zionism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zionism. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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Zi·​on·​ism ˈzī-ə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce Zionism (audio)
: an international effort working in the beginning for a Jewish homeland and later for the support of Israel
Zionist adjective or noun

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