re·​pub·​li·​can·​ism ri-ˈpə-bli-kə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce republicanism (audio)
: adherence to or sympathy for a republican form of government
: the principles or theory of republican government
: the principles, policy, or practices of the Republican party of the U.S.
: the Republican party or its members

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Support for republicanism was as much about pragmatism as principle, even if more radical voices like Thomas Paine advanced an association between monarchy and decadent, unearned privilege. Suzanne Schneider, The New Republic, 27 Sep. 2022 Calls for republicanism have been growing in Jamaica, which celebrates its 60-year anniversary of independence from Britain this year. Alison Fishburn, Longreads, 17 Sep. 2022 But far from giving republicanism a boost, the new king’s standing in the public is likely to be bolstered by the transition, analysts say. WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 Reparations aside, the next step in the trajectory toward republicanism in Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica will be referendums, says pollster Wickham. Eloise Barry, Time, 14 Sep. 2022 The move follows a swell in support for republicanism in the Caribbean, which campaigners say is part of a larger reckoning with the legacy of British colonialism and the slave trade in the region. Eloise Barry, Time, 14 Sep. 2022 An old idea is back in fashion on the American right: small-r republicanism. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 20 Aug. 2022 Without diving too far down the rabbit hole of Irish politics, Kneecap’s desires are relatively in line with Irish republicanism (not to be confused with American Republicans). Josh Chesler, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 And republicanism simmers not far from the surface in major Western democracies like Canada and Australia. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of republicanism was in 1685

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Cite this Entry

“Republicanism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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re·​pub·​li·​can·​ism ri-ˈpəb-li-kə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce republicanism (audio)
: support or desire for a republican form of government
: the principles or ideas of republican government
capitalized : the principles, policy, or practices of the Republican party of the U.S.

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