irredentism

noun ir·re·den·tism \ ˌir-i-ˈden-ˌti-zəm \

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

irredentist

play \ˌir-i-ˈden-tist\ noun or adjective

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1883

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