right·​ism ˈrīt-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce rightism (audio)
often capitalized
: the principles and views of the Right
: advocacy of or adherence to the doctrines of the Right
rightist noun or adjective often capitalized

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some initial pursuits seemed to feint at center-rightism — Everglades restoration, a bump in new teachers’ pay, the appointment of a Democrat to lead the Division of Emergency Management — helping to lift early approval ratings into the 60s. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2022 Anti-democratic rightism, or populism, is very different from conservatism. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 21 June 2021 And more and more, nationalists and populists are succeeding in equating American conservatism with European rightism. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 27 Jan. 2020 But Isaac’s deeper point is that tribal leftism has not affected Democratic politics the way tribal rightism has infected the Republicans. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, 22 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rightism was in 1939

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Cite this Entry

“Rightism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rightism. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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