na·​tiv·​ism | \ˈnā-ti-ˌvi-zəm \

Definition of nativism 

1 : a policy of favoring native inhabitants as opposed to immigrants

2 : the revival or perpetuation of an indigenous culture especially in opposition to acculturation

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Other Words from nativism

nativist \ˈnā-​ti-​vist \ noun or adjective
nativistic \ˌnā-​ti-​ˈvi-​stik \ adjective

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Trump has repeatedly invoked the xenophobic talking points of Europe's far right and applied them to the United States, whipping up nativism in his base. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump turns to Europe’s far right as he detains Latin American children," 20 June 2018 Today’s Must-Reads Bloomberg’s Alan Crawford ponders the prospect of an EU without Angela Merkel, and says the nativism that has swept much of the continent imperils the German leader and the whole EU project. Ian Wishart,, "Brexit Bulletin: Pandora’s Box," 27 June 2018 Donald Trump’s inexperience and ignorance might not have shocked the Robert College graduates because they had been exposed to ignorance, nativism, and narcissism in the Ivy League. Suzy Hansen, The New Republic, "“What Difference Is Trump for Us?”," 24 Apr. 2018 There was the Great Recession, the aftereffects of which hollowed out communities that thrilled to Trump’s nativism. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "John McCain Regrets His Palin Pick for the Wrong Reasons," 5 May 2018 Nevertheless, Thorpe’s book is a reminder that in an era of nativism, some Americans are still breaking down walls and nurturing newcomers, the seeds of the great American experiment. Nina Burleigh, New York Times, "At a Public School in Denver, Refugee Children Find Hope and Frustration," 9 Jan. 2018 But plenty of it was also driven by a toxic blend of nativism and anti-Semitism. Noah Isenberg, The New Republic, "Making the Movies Un-American," 3 July 2018 But contrary to conventional wisdom, nativism is not increasing in the United States. Margaret E. Peters, Washington Post, "Why did Republicans become so opposed to immigration? Hint: It’s not because there’s more nativism.," 30 Jan. 2018 But as Alan Crawford writes, the nativism sweeping the continent is imperiling the chancellor and the entire European Union project. Caroline Alexander,, "A Retirement, a Failed Coup and a Taboo: Weekend Reads," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of nativism

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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