republicanism

noun
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

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On the flipside of Unionism is Irish republicanism, which prioritizes no border between the two Irelands at any cost. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson could be the last prime minister of the United Kingdom," 3 Aug. 2019 In this view, the secular contest between natural-rights republicanism and egalitarian progressivism is the great struggle of our time. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 Marshall took the court’s reins just as Jeffersonian republicanism swept through the White House and Congress. Adam J. White, WSJ, "‘John Marshall’ Review: Chief Among Equals," 30 Nov. 2018 Rightly or wrongly, most evangelicals came to view him as a less-reliable defender of Christian republicanism than the Californian divorcé Ronald Reagan. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "In the Beginning Was the Word," 30 Mar. 2018 There’s a reason Bobby’s interpreters have either struggled or refused to identify him with liberalism: His politics belonged to a tradition that had receded from it all but entirely since the Progressive era: civic republicanism. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "RFK, Civic Republican," 25 May 2018 One of the tenets of early American civic republicanism was that acting publicly on behalf of the community required individual economic independence. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Are You Progressive?," 20 Apr. 2018 With Gill, the time has come for the court to fulfill its responsibility to protect small-d democracy, as well as small-r republicanism. Palma Joy Strand, Slate Magazine, "Anthony Kennedy should follow Byron White’s guidance and strike down partisan gerrymandering.," 19 Sep. 2017 Perhaps China or some other power will emerge as an empire that threatens our subjugation, and the Founders’ desire for sovereignty, independence, and republicanism will seem relevant and ennobling of American life again. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Next Lost Cause," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of republicanism

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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