ir·​re·​den·​tism | \ ˌir-i-ˈden-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce irredentism (audio) \

Definition of irredentism

: a political principle or policy directed toward the incorporation of irredentas within the boundaries of their historically or ethnically related political unit

Other Words from irredentism

irredentist \ ˌir-​i-​ˈden-​tist How to pronounce irredentism (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of irredentism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Around the same time, a series of wars and alliances resulted in the unification of Italy, and gave us irredentism. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2022 Thousands of civilians will die in a conflict that should have been avoided: Ukraine poses no threat to Russia; Putin’s aims spring from undistilled irredentism and colonizer nostalgia. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 2 Mar. 2022 Western course, but welcoming nations that once stood apart from the alliance into the fold has helped prevent everything from Polish authorities attempting to jump-start their own nuclear weapons program to Hungarian irredentism in Romania. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 16 Jan. 2020 Greeks are apparently more concerned about potential irredentism by Turkey, a traditional foe, amid a recent deterioration in bilateral ties, surveys suggest. Niki Kitsantonis, New York Times, 5 June 2018 Without the end of such claims irredentism would never end. Trudy Rubin,, 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of irredentism

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Irredentism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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