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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 of jingoism from the Web
Toshiba’s laptop sales have dropped sharply in China amid a slew of bad publicity in the state media, some of it laced with jingoism and anti-Japanese rhetoric.
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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.
JINGOISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jingoism for English Language Learners
: 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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