nativism

noun
na·​tiv·​ism | \ ˈnā-ti-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce nativism (audio) \

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 How to pronounce nativism (audio) \ noun or adjective
nativistic \ ˌnā-​ti-​ˈvi-​stik How to pronounce nativism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of nativism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some call for independence, others focus on universal suffrage, splinter groups argue for Hong Kong nativism, and different factions have varying levels of tolerance for violence. James Griffiths, CNN, "The exiles and the inmates: The heart-wrenching hand dealt to Hong Kong's democracy activists," 17 Dec. 2020 Catholic immigrants -- who were neither Protestant nor English -- and justified their actions with a blend of nativism and conspiratorial thinking. Ben Zeller, CNN, "What the rise of this '70s cult says about American culture," 3 Dec. 2020 Obama only foreshadows Trump’s unlikely ascent by registering his concerns about rising nativism and the tribalism his election seemed to unleash, an implacable opposition party and conservative media increasingly untethered to truth. Dallas News, "Barack Obama’s memoir is a masterful lament over the fragility of hope," 18 Nov. 2020 Obama only foreshadows Trump’s unlikely ascent by registering his concerns about rising nativism and the tribalism his election seemed to unleash, an implacable opposition party and conservative media increasingly untethered to truth. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Barack Obama’s memoir is a masterful lament over the fragility of hope," 16 Nov. 2020 With his keen grasp of television and his mastery of social media, Trump was able to parlay his rhetoric of nativism and economic populism into a national political movement. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "In an era of political polarization, ‘Trump TV’ makes perfect sense," 27 Nov. 2020 Even though the pathogens of nationalism and division plagued us for generations, the fever of the last four years has exacerbated incivility, misinformation and nativism that plunged our democracy into life support. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: The insidious virus of xenophobia may never be eradicated. No politician we elect has the vaccine.," 4 Nov. 2020 But the United States also struggled with slavery and Jim Crow, nativism, imperialism, and women's rights. Arkansas Online, "Upside down," 24 Oct. 2020 On the other hand, the anti-Trump works of Republican defectors and Lincoln Project types lack credibility—there is not enough introspection about the GOP’s pre-Trump drift into nativism and demagoguery. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "What Did Carlos Lozada Learn From Reading 150 Trump Books?," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of nativism

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nativism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nativism. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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