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Also called Know-Nothing party.
Definition for american party (2 of 2)
[ noh-nuhth-ing ]
/ ˈnoʊˌnʌθ ɪŋ /
an ignorant or totally uninformed person; ignoramus.
(initial capital letters) U.S. History. a member of a political party (American party or Know-Nothing party) prominent from 1853 to 1856, whose aim was to keep control of the government in the hands of native-born citizens: so called because members originally professed ignorance of the party's activities.
a person whose anti-intellectualism, xenophobia, and other political attitudes recall the Know-Nothings.
grossly ignorant; totally uninformed.
(initial capital letters) of or relating to the Know-Nothings.
of or relating to a political know-nothing.
Origin of know-nothing
First recorded in 1815–25
Related formsknow-noth·ing·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for american party
informal, derogatory an ignorant person
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