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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Toni Morrison approached the enduring phenomenon of American bigotry and nativism from many angles. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "What Toni Morrison Understood About Hate," 9 Aug. 2019 The issues are real and urgent, but that nativism is the solution is a dangerous illusion. Elif Shafak, Quartz, "Nationalism is thriving using the very mechanism it denounces," 6 Aug. 2019 Ilhan’s historic election in 2018 as the first Somali refugee and one of two Muslim women in Congress dovetailed with Trump’s era and the rise of populism and nativism. Haleluya Hadero, Quartz Africa, "Trump’s attacks on Ilhan Omar are boosting her support in Minnesota," 24 July 2019 But economic anxiety is triggered by nativism, not the other way around. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "America’s Original Identity Politics," 7 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of nativism

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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