union·​ism | \ ˈyün-yə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce unionism (audio) \

Definition of unionism

: the principle or policy of forming or adhering to a union: such as
a capitalized : adherence to the policy of a firm federal union between the states of the United States especially during the Civil War period
b : the principles, theory, advocacy, or system of trade unions

Examples of unionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such a result would further destabilize and radicalize unionism, making the resurrection of power-sharing even harder. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2021 In other environments, such as a Detroit Three auto plant with thousands of employees, unionism is ingrained in the culture itself. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 19 Oct. 2021 Compared with other liberal causes—civil rights, feminism, unionism, environmentalism—consumerism did not develop the kind of formal structures that can maintain consistent pressure on government for decades. Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 The employees ultimately backed down, rejecting the notion of unionism for what seemed in part to be cultural reasons. New York Times, 13 June 2021 The new leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) pledged to unite the bickering strands of unionism to fight the Brexit deal and lay the foundations for keeping the province in the United Kingdom. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 Both started out in the Ulster Unionist Party, which the DUP usurped as Northern Ireland's main voice of unionism. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 Britain’s monarchy would need to come up with a very good reason for empire unionism, which today may be a letter even more dead in UK politics than outright republicanism. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, 9 Mar. 2021 The liberal Citizens, which started as a small party in Barcelona to stop separatism in 2006, collapsed from having won the 2017 elections with 36 seats as the flagbearer of unionism to just 6 seats, putting its future as a party in doubt. Joseph Wilson, Star Tribune, 15 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of unionism

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Unionism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unionism. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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