jin·​go·​ism | \ˈjiŋ-(ˌ)gō-ˌi-zəm \

Definition of jingoism 

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

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Other Words from jingoism

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

Synonyms for jingoism


chauvinism, nationalism

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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.

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

National Health Service jingoism is an abiding feature of British politics. Rupert Darwall, WSJ, "Reform the NHS Before It Kills Again," 4 July 2018 The episode was meant to be fun and Virginia-themed (?), but its bland jingoism fell way off the mark, especially considering the Bachelorette's general apathy. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Wants To Have Its Cake & Be Political, Too," 3 July 2018 Huntington, a lifelong Democrat, was accused of blimpish conservatism, jingoism or worse. Gary J. Bass, New York Times, "Should We Worry About Trump’s Fawning Admiration of the Military?," 29 June 2018 There is certainly a deep-seated strain of anti-jingoism in American culture. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Military Parade Would Not Be ‘Un-American’," 8 Feb. 2018 Alas, one person’s patriotism might be another’s jingoism, which would be forbidden in our attempts to imagine a movie world without politics. John D'anna, azcentral, "D'Anna: Imagining a world with no politics in Hollywood," 7 Mar. 2018 How many people would watch without the flags and jingoism? Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Greatness in sports can be child's play -- Bill Livingston," 26 Feb. 2018 Next to Lozano’s work, Ensz’s banners embody the weight of self-celebration and jingoism, an image and concept that aren’t just difficult, but impossible. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Recalling Chicago’s history of graphic content," 16 Feb. 2018 The funny thing is that for all the complaints about NBC's coverage — soppy sentimentality, jingoism, etc. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Adam Rippon and Shaun White Illustrate NBC's Winter Olympics Coverage Challenges," 14 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of jingoism

: 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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