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

Examples of nativism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, in an age of nativism and protectionism, other ways of seeing the world now predominate. The Economist, "When economists ruled the world," 31 Aug. 2019 Many blacks, for their part, say the royal wedding is a distraction from the rise of intolerance and anti-immigrant nativism in Brexit-era Britain. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "What Meghan Markle Means to Black Britons," 12 May 2018 The president’s immigration policy is a wholesale rejection of what’s best about American idealism in exchange for what’s worst about American nativism. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "Don’t let the Trump administration vandalize Lady Liberty’s inspiring message," 14 Aug. 2019 The idea of speaking Spanish during a presidential debate makes sense for a party that’s trying to both appeal to Latino voters and portray itself as the defender of American diversity against Trumpian nativism. Dara Lind, Vox, "4 winners and 3 losers from the first night of the Democratic debates," 27 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of nativism

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nativism was in 1844

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