noun, often capitalized
right·​ism | \ ˈrīt-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce rightism (audio) \

Definition of rightism

1 : the principles and views of the Right
2 : advocacy of or adherence to the doctrines of the Right

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Other Words from rightism

rightist \ ˈrī-​tist How to pronounce rightism (audio) \ noun or adjective, often capitalized

Examples of rightism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of rightism

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rightism was in 1939

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“Rightism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rightism. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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