jin·​go·​ism | \ ˈjiŋ-(ˌ)gō-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce jingoism (audio) \

Definition of jingoism

: extreme chauvinism or nationalism marked especially by a belligerent foreign policy

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jingoist \ ˈjiŋ-​(ˌ)gō-​ist How to pronounce jingoism (audio) \ noun or adjective
jingoistic \ ˌjiŋ-​gō-​ˈi-​stik How to pronounce jingoism (audio) \ adjective
jingoistically \ ˌjiŋ-​gō-​ˈi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jingoism (audio) \ adverb

Jingoism Got Its Start in the 19th Century

Jingoism originated during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, when many British citizens were hostile toward Russia and felt Britain should intervene in the conflict. Supporters of the cause expressed their sentiments in a music-hall ditty with this refrain: We don't want to fight, yet by jingo if we do,

We've got the ships, we've got the men,
We've got the money, too!

Someone holding the attitude implied in the song became known as a jingo or jingoist, and the attitude itself was dubbed jingoism. The jingo in the tune is probably a euphemism for Jesus.

Examples of jingoism in a Sentence

When the war began many people were caught up in a wave of jingoism. his loudmouthed jingoism will not win us any foreign allies
Recent Examples on the Web In the 1980s, strange complements of Morning in America jingoism, the AIDS crisis, and crushing interest rates revived an axiom that government didn’t work. Cyd Harrell, Wired, 1 July 2021 Ever since then, England fans have wrapped up their soccer history in an unhealthy dose of jingoism that turns matches into opportunities to dredge up World War II. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 28 June 2021 Then there’s the Endless Frontier Act—a 1,400-page pile of amendments, glued together by economic jingoism, that stick it to China with about $100 billion in federal tech funding and a crackdown on shark fin soup. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 25 May 2021 Newt Gingrich’s oeuvre is distinguished by its sheer quantity and its numbingly repetitive jingoism. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, 10 June 2021 The current government has made a point of repressing its Muslim and Tibetan populations and cranks up its jingoism every year. Thomas Meaney, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 It has been warped into bitter jingoism, the rough parts redacted, a textbook example of the way in which memory can be perverted in the name of politics. Sophie Pinkham, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Such a government might broadly preserve judicial independence, rein in racist jingoism of Netanyahu’s political cronies, and perhaps advance separation of religion and state, since most members of such a coalition would be secular. Dahlia Scheindlin, Time, 21 May 2021 The text is free of the ebullient jingoism beloved of Mr Johnson and his cabinet. The Economist, 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of jingoism

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jingoism

see jingo entry 2

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“Jingoism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jingoism. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jingoism

disapproving : the feelings and beliefs of people who think that their country is always right and who are in favor of aggressive acts against other countries

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