jingoism

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noun jin·go·ism \ˈjiŋ-(ˌ)gō-ˌi-zəm\

Definition of jingoism

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

jingoist

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jingoistic

play \ˌjiŋ-gō-ˈi-stik\ adjective

jingoistically

play \ˌjiŋ-gō-ˈi-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Examples of jingoism in a sentence

  1. When the war began many people were caught up in a wave of jingoism.

  2. his loudmouthed jingoism will not win us any foreign allies

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of jingoism

see 2jingo


First Known Use: 1878


JINGOISM Defined for English Language Learners

jingoism

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noun jin·go·ism \ˈjiŋ-(ˌ)gō-ˌi-zəm\

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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