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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Recent Examples on the Web But voters also disliked Trump's nativism and (sort of) elected him. David Faris, TheWeek, "Bernie the electable," 11 Feb. 2020 As DeParle charts their paths to Saudi Arabia and Galveston, the clan’s generosity toward him enables him to provide a vivid window into lives that have been transformed by the remittance economy, the feminization of labor, and political nativism. Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted Book Reviews," 24 Sep. 2019 Erdogan is the inventor of 21st century populism and nativism globally, Cagaptay argues in his book. Time, "'People Could Feel That I Was Sincere.' How Istanbul's Elections Turned Into a Heavy Defeat for President Erdogan," 24 June 2019 The arrival of large numbers of Jewish, Catholic and Asian immigrants to the United States around the turn of the 20th century, as well as rapid urbanization, led to a surge of both nativism and nostalgia. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "‘I Was Teaching a Lot of Misconceptions.’ The Way American Kids Are Learning About the 'First Thanksgiving' Is Changing," 21 Nov. 2019 Perhaps, that presidential tribute offers some glimmer for hope that the extreme nativism that has taken hold in parts of America is only a passing current. Phillip Morris,, "Khizr Khan, a Gold Star Father and a great American: Phillip Morris," 18 Sep. 2019 Other countries have reacted to existing refugee flows -- many of which are already effected by climate change even if this is not widely discussed -- with shifts to nativism and often violent anti-immigrant rhetoric. James Griffiths, CNN, "What happens when parts of South Asia become unlivable? The climate crisis is already displacing millions," 17 July 2019 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

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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 27 Feb. 2020.

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