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

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

Examples of irredentism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "NATO Is Expanding, and Everyone Is Curiously Silent," 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, "Deal for Macedonia Name? High Treason, Some Greeks Say," 5 June 2018 Without the end of such claims irredentism would never end. Trudy Rubin,, "Can Trump's 'deal of the century' bring Israel-Palestine peace?," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of irredentism

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of irredentism was in 1883

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“Irredentism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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