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[zahy-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈzaɪ əˌnɪz əm/
a worldwide Jewish movement that resulted in the establishment and development of the state of Israel.
Origin of Zionism
First recorded in 1895-1900; Zion + -ism
Related forms
Zionist, noun, adjective
Zionistic, adjective
[zahy-uh nahyt] /ˈzaɪˌənaɪt/ (Show IPA),
anti-Zionism, noun
anti-Zionist, noun, adjective
non-Zionist, noun, adjective
pro-Zionism, noun
pro-Zionist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • This is an allegory referring to certain aspects of Zionism.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • The premises of political Zionism are that there is a Jewish nation.

    Zionism and Anti-Semitism Max Simon Nordau
  • Zionism, Socialism and Anarchism come up in turn, and so many trenchant and vital things are said on these subjects.

    Discourses of Keidansky Bernard G. Richards
  • This is, in brief, the theological side of the vexed question of Zionism.

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton Patrick Braybrooke
  • The common opinion is that you are an enemy of Zionism in general, and of the Jewish Legion in particular.

    With the Judans in the Palestine Campaign J. H. (John Henry) Patterson
British Dictionary definitions for Zionism


a political movement for the establishment and support of a national homeland for Jews in Palestine, now concerned chiefly with the development of the modern state of Israel
a policy or movement for Jews to return to Palestine from the Diaspora
Derived Forms
Zionist, noun, adjective
Zionistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Zionism

"movement for forming (later supporting) a Jewish national state in Palestine," 1896, from German Zionismus (from Zion + Latin-derived suffix -ismus; see -ism); first recorded 1886 in "Selbstemancipation," by "Matthias Acher" (pseudonym of Nathan Birnbaum).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Zionism in Culture

Zionism definition

The belief that Jews should have their own nation; Jewish nationalism. Zionism gained much support among Jews and others in the early twentieth century, and the hoped-for nation was established in the late 1940s in Palestine, as the state of Israel. Zionism is opposed by most Arabs. (See Arab-Israeli conflict.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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