noun spread–ea·gle·ism \-əˌlizəm\

Definition of spread–eagleism



  1. :  bombastic and vainglorious boasting of the greatness of the U.S. :  superpatriotism, flag-waving resorted to some old-fashioned spread-eagleism and even demagoguery — W. G. Carleton

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Origin and Etymology of spread–eagleism

spread eagle + -ism

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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