peo·​ple·​hood | \ ˈpē-pəl-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce peoplehood (audio) \

Definition of peoplehood

1 : the quality or state of constituting a people
2 : the awareness of the underlying unity that makes the individual a part of a people

Examples of peoplehood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Secular American Jews, however, have always walked a fine line in their sense of peoplehood. Ethan Bronner, The New York Review of Books, "Stuck," 12 Mar. 2020 Yet the connection of Jews to their countries, peoplehood and a distinct land predates the era of rights. WSJ, "The Concept of Rights Went With Responsibilities," 11 May 2018 Even in Hillel’s time, however, Jewishness had three legs: peoplehood, religion and culture. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘A History of Judaism’ Review: The Book of Books," 30 Mar. 2018 The organization is rooted in traditional values of justice (tzedek), repairing the world (tikkun olam), acts of loving kindness (gemilut hesed), and Jewish peoplehood (klal yisrael). Roxanne Washington,, "Stephen Hoffman, head of Jewish Federation of Cleveland, announces retirement," 16 Feb. 2018 Now, many immigrants from these countries settled among the British colonists; a small step away from a peoplehood of blood. Nicholas M. Gallagher, National Review, "America Needs to Reconcile Its Id and Superego," 11 July 2017

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circa 1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Peoplehood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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