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Sinn Fein

[shin feyn] /ˈʃɪn ˈfeɪn/
a political organization in Ireland, founded about 1905, advocating the complete political separation from Great Britain of a unified Ireland.
a member of this organization.
Origin of Sinn Fein
From the Irish word sinn féin we ourselves
Related forms
Sinn Feiner, noun
Sinn Feinism, noun Unabridged
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  • Sinn Fein was involved in the general feeling; if it had not fomented the Rising, what had it done to discourage it?

    The Evolution of Sinn Fein Robert Mitchell Henry
  • Sinn Fein means 'we ourselves,' and that is the principle of the society.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • Sinn Fein means for ourselves, and those two Celtic words describe the policy and the purpose of the organization.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • In the frame-work of the Sinn Fein programme there was no place for Labour.

    The Evolution of Sinn Fein Robert Mitchell Henry
  • I have therefore hesitated about telling just how some members of the Sinn Fein Party treated our men.

    The Victory At Sea William Sowden Sims
  • This was not due to any pro-German bias, or to any Sinn Fein propaganda.

    The Evolution of Sinn Fein Robert Mitchell Henry
  • It is not believed, however, that the popularity of Sinn Fein can be seriously challenged.

  • By the middle of February, 1917, the Sinn Fein leaders were at work again.

    The Evolution of Sinn Fein Robert Mitchell Henry
  • The means at the disposal of Sinn Fein at present hardly seem adequate to accomplish its object.

    The Evolution of Sinn Fein Robert Mitchell Henry
British Dictionary definitions for Sinn Fein

Sinn Féin

/ˈʃɪn ˈfeːn/
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 Forms
Sinn Féiner, noun
Sinn Féinism, noun
Word Origin
C20: from Irish: we ourselves
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Sinn Fein

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
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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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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