know–nothingism

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noun know–noth·ing·ism \ˈnō-ˌnə-thiŋ-ˌi-zəm\

Definition of know–nothingism

  1. 1 capitalized K&N :  the principles and policies of the Know-Nothings

  2. 2 :  the condition of knowing nothing or desiring to know nothing or the conviction that nothing can be known with certainty especially in religion or morality

  3. 3 often capitalized K&N :  a mid-20th century political attitude characterized by anti-intellectualism, exaggerated patriotism, and fear of foreign subversive influences

1854

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1854

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