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 Others, including many anti-Zionists, refuse to recognize Judaism’s peoplehood dimension altogether, saying Jews should be regarded strictly as members of a religion. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 3 Mar. 2021 Secular American Jews, however, have always walked a fine line in their sense of peoplehood. Ethan Bronner, The New York Review of Books, 12 Mar. 2020 Yet the connection of Jews to their countries, peoplehood and a distinct land predates the era of rights. WSJ, 11 May 2018 Even in Hillel’s time, however, Jewishness had three legs: peoplehood, religion and culture. Dominic Green, WSJ, 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,, 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, 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of peoplehood

circa 1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Peoplehood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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