Definition of exceptionalism
: the condition of being different from the norm; also : a theory expounding the exceptionalism especially of a nation or region
exceptionalistplay \ik-ˈsep-shnə-list, -shə-nə-\ adjective
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French exceptionalism’s it-couldn’t-happen-here reflexes have excluded discussion of a Russian cyberinvasion of its current election process.
In the broader context, Trumpism represents the demise of American exceptionalism, or at least the refutation of the most cogent arguments for it ever having existed in the first place.
In England especially, 85 percent of the population of Britain, many people fell back on national pride, cultural exceptionalism and nostalgia.
The idea of American exceptionalism is, thankfully, dying.
The books that shaped HBO’s The Pacific give the lie to the notion of generational exceptionalism.
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