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Bourbonism

[boo r-buh-niz-uh m or, occasionally, bur-] /ˈbʊər bəˌnɪz əm or, occasionally, ˈbɜr-/
noun
1.
adherence to the ideas and system of government practiced by the Bourbons.
2.
extreme conservatism, especially in politics.
Origin of Bourbonism
1875-1880
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80; Bourbon + -ism
Related forms
Bourbonian
[boo r-boh-nee-uh n or, occasionally, bur-] /bʊərˈboʊ ni ən or, occasionally, bɜr-/ (Show IPA),
Bourbonic
[boo r-bon-ik or, occasionally, bur-] /bʊərˈbɒn ɪk or, occasionally, bɜr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Bourbonist, noun
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Bourbonism

/ˈbʊəbəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
support for the rule of the Bourbons, the European royal line that ruled in France from 1589 to 1793 and 1815–48, and in Spain (1700–1808; 1813–1931) and Naples and Sicily (1734–1806; 1815–1860)
2.
(US) extreme political and social conservatism
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