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Sinn Fein

[shin feyn]
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noun
  1. a political organization in Ireland, founded about 1905, advocating the complete political separation from Great Britain of a unified Ireland.
  2. a member of this organization.

Origin of Sinn Fein

From the Irish word sinn féin we ourselves
Related formsSinn Feiner, nounSinn Feinism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sinn fein

Sinn Féin

noun
  1. an Irish republican political movement founded about 1905 and linked to the revolutionary Irish Republican Army: divided into a Provisional and an Official movement since a similar split in the IRA in late 1969
Derived FormsSinn Finer, nounSinn Finism, noun

Word Origin

C20: from Irish: we ourselves
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Word Origin and History for sinn fein

Sinn Fein

n.

1905, from Irish, literally "we ourselves," from Old Irish féin "self," from PIE *swei-no-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e- (see idiom). Movement founded 1905 by Irish journalist and politician Arthur Griffith (1872-1922).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sinn fein in Culture

Sinn Fein

[(shin fayn)]

An Irish political party (in Gaelic it means “Ourselves Alone”) that has long combatted Great Britain's influence in Ireland and sought the unification of Northern Ireland with the Irish republic in the south; generally considered the political portion of the Irish Republican Army. One wing of it has engaged in terrorism.

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