Definition of civism
: the virtues and sentiments of a good citizen —used originally of devotion to the cause of the French revolution of 1789
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Origin and Etymology of civism
French civisme, from Latin civis citizen + French -isme -ism
First Known Use: 1792See Words from the same year
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