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

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Spiro deftly balances big-picture discussions of Progressive-era nativism with anecdotes that give you a picture of Grant’s day-to-day life: part purveyor of monstrous ideas, part quirky outdoorsman. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 But the larger forces at play—the tug of populism in a brutally competitive political environment and the rise of bristly nativism in a country that increasingly sees itself as a rival to China—will likely affect other foreign companies as well. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Politics May Trip Up Amazon and Walmart in India," 10 Jan. 2019 Democrats instantly translated the wall into anti-immigrant sentiment and nativism, and not without reason. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Beyond MAGA Hats," 23 Jan. 2019 Our nation’s history is blemished by racial prejudice, anti-immigration and nativism. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Actors and Entertainers," 10 Dec. 2018 Any solution to America’s myriad immigration problems has to start with the recognition that the nativism of many voters is the single biggest hurdle to crafting humane policies. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Laura Bush condemns Trump’s family separation policy, but will the GOP listen?," 18 June 2018 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, Bloomberg.com, "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

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First Known Use of nativism

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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