re·​pub·​li·​can·​ism | \ ri-ˈpə-bli-kə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce republicanism (audio) \

Definition of republicanism

1 : adherence to or sympathy for a republican form of government
2 : the principles or theory of republican government
3 capitalized
a : the principles, policy, or practices of the Republican party of the U.S.
b : the Republican party or its members

Examples of republicanism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Laboulaye had in mind a monument to the end of slavery here and the rebirth of republicanism there. Adam Gopni, The New Yorker, 3 July 2021 Were the Revolution’s ideals of republicanism and equal rights incompletely realized, and the men who espoused them often blinkered and hypocritical? Rich Lowry, National Review, 3 July 2021 Perhaps unsurprisingly, republicanism was the easy target. Lindsay M. Chervinsky, CNN, 2 July 2021 The open letter was the latest salvo in a raging culture war within France on Islam, race, republicanism, and all things in between. Harrison Stetler, The New Republic, 24 May 2021 With ‘The Arch of Nero,’ Cole warned his countrymen about how republicanism was inherently subject to corruption. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 15 June 2021 Yet this same avidity also means that if public opinion shifts significantly towards republicanism, vote-hungry politicians will be the first to jump on that tumbrel. Catherine Mayer, CNN, 14 Apr. 2021 Napoleon’s victory dealt a body blow to a European old regime already tottering from the spread of republicanism and popular sovereignty. Nathan Perl-rosenthal, WSJ, 9 Apr. 2021 Being famous for stealing Vermeers is an odd fate for a woman who would clearly prefer to be remembered, if at all, as a heroine of Irish republicanism. Ruth Bernard Yeazell, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of republicanism

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Republicanism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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