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[spred-ee-guh-liz-uh m] /ˈsprɛdˈi gəˌlɪz əm/
boastfulness or bombast, especially in the display of patriotic or nationalistic pride in the U.S.; flag-waving.
Origin of spread-eagleism
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60; spread-eagle + -ism
Related forms
spread-eagleist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Whenever any one addresses me with that inflection my spread-eagleism is aroused.

    An American Girl in Munich Mabel W. Daniels
  • But (call it spread-eagleism if you like) the United States now has the affair in hand.

    Cuba Arthur D. Hall
  • However reckless, at times, his spread-eagleism there was shrewdness behind it.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • I am uneasy, fearing we may commit some spread-eagleism towards France during this present Mexican imbroglio.

  • Nothing is so damaging to appeals to prejudice, spread-eagleism, and fustian bombast as an impassive reception.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
  • I made a speech, which is printed in full in "spread-eagleism," published in '58.

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