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


First Known Use of know–nothingism


Learn More about know–nothingism

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up know–nothingism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).