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

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irredentist \ˌir-​i-​ˈden-​tist \ noun or adjective

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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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