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

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 At the height of The Beatles’ popularity in the 1960s, Britain was also experiencing a resurgence of nativism. NBC News, 22 Dec. 2021 Years of Muslim migration from the Middle East to Europe have resulted in a rise in France and elsewhere of anti-immigrant sentiment and nativism. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, 22 Nov. 2021 However, American nativism of this sort can be traced to a much slower age. Michael D'antonio And James Cohen, CNN, 26 Oct. 2021 Voter concerns over the economy, the pandemic and climate change meant the AfD’s angry nativism remained a somewhat fringe position. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 After welcoming millions of European migrants at the dawn of the 20th century, nativism took hold and the Immigration Act of 1924 severely restricted immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe. Richard Galant, CNN, 29 Aug. 2021 Democrats, of course, were uniformly horrified by Trump’s contempt for allies, affection for tyrants, and his nativism, ignorance, and impulsivity. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 23 Aug. 2021 Donald Trump marked the Jacksonian phase, defined by a combination of Islamophobia, nativism, and sporadic uses of force. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 23 Aug. 2021 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. Raul A. Reyes, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of nativism

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nativism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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