na·​tiv·​ism ˈnā-ti-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce nativism (audio)
: a policy of favoring native inhabitants as opposed to immigrants
: the revival or perpetuation of an indigenous culture especially in opposition to acculturation
nativist noun or adjective
nativistic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Turkey is the latest European country to grapple with the rise of anti-immigrant politics, but its refugees also face a durable strain of nativism that favors some immigrants — like those from the Balkans — over others, especially from the Middle East. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2022 Against this backdrop, Schuyler’s push to include Lazarus’ poem on the statue was a retort to nativism. Elizabeth Stone, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2023 Told from the mother's perspective from beyond the grave, the novel traces the way nativism spreads and how morally dubious technologies such as surveillance and immortality science thrive under a fascist, one-party-rule government. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2023 In contrast, the Republican Party – under the leadership of former President Donald Trump – has embraced a politics of nativism and nostalgia, capitalizing on White Americans’ fear about the changing demographics of the country. CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 The plot below has sexism on the x-axis, and nativism on the y-axis. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 21 Sep. 2010 Confusingly, the Trumpian brand of Republicanism embraced some of these economic principles (lower taxes, deregulation), but in the absence of a consistent free-market vision, squandered the benefits of these policies by also embracing economic nationalism, fiscal profligacy, and nativism. Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Fortune, 28 Nov. 2022 But so was nativism and xenophobia., 23 Aug. 2022 Experts and politicians said support for an easier immigration process, and opposition to nativism and xenophobia, were major factors in Indian Americans’ political preferences. Jill Cowan, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nativism was in 1844

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“Nativism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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