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[aw-ton-uh-miz-uh m] /ɔˈtɒn əˌmɪz əm/
the belief in or a movement toward autonomy.
Origin of autonomism
First recorded in 1870-75; autonom(y) + -ism
Related forms
autonomist, adjective, noun


[aw-ton-uh-mee] /ɔˈtɒn ə mi/
noun, plural autonomies.
independence or freedom, as of the will or one's actions:
the autonomy of the individual.
the condition of being autonomous; self-government or the right of self-government:
The rebels demanded autonomy from Spain.
a self-governing community.
1615-25; < Greek autonomía independence, equivalent to autónom(os) autonomous + -ia -y3
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autonomist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for autonomist
Historical Examples
  • In the face of these circumstances, Blanco organized his autonomist Cabinet.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 4 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • But in their vocabulary it is almost synonymous with autonomist.

    Friend Mac Donald Max O'Rell
  • For some years he was a leader of the autonomist party, but later identified himself actively with the cause of independence.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 3 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Out of the eighty-six communes of Dalmatia, Zadar was the solitary one that was autonomist.

  • Velasco's secretary was an educated Buenos Airean, a liberal, and an autonomist.

  • It was thus at this time that the disintegration of the once influential autonomist party began.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 4 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • It was the inscrutable tragedy of a great career that he identified himself with the autonomist movement.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 4 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • The autonomist party may not appeal to us and apparently it did not appeal to Nicolo Tommaseo.

  • The party in possession of the town council, the autonomist party, would have none of him.

  • Labra, the autonomist deputy for Cuba, and no one has forgotten the proposition presented to the Congress by Sr.

    The Katipunan J. Brecknock Watson (AKA Francis St. Clair)
British Dictionary definitions for autonomist


noun (pl) -mies
the right or state of self-government, esp when limited
a state, community, or individual possessing autonomy
freedom to determine one's own actions, behaviour, etc
  1. the doctrine that the individual human will is or ought to be governed only by its own principles and laws See also categorical imperative
  2. the state in which one's actions are autonomous
Derived Forms
autonomist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek autonomia freedom to live by one's own laws; see autonomous
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Word Origin and History for autonomist



1620s, of states, from Greek autonomia "independence," noun of quality from autonomos "independent, living by one's own laws," from auto- "self" (see auto-) + nomos "custom, law" (see numismatics). Of persons, from 1803.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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