or Baʿath, Baʿth



a socialist party of some Arab countries, especially Iraq and Syria.

Origin of Baath

From the Arabic word baʿath literally, renaissance
Related formsBa·ath·ism, nounBa·ath·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for baathism

Contemporary Examples of baathism

  • The New Republic's latest issue includes a wonderful essay by Paul Berman recounting the utter insanity of Baathism.

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    Baathism Can't Die Quickly Enough

    Justin Green

    September 20, 2012

  • Fundamentalist Sunni Islam was gaining ground fast in Mesopotamia in the 1990s as Baathism collapsed as an ideology.

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    The Next Wave of Jihadists

    Reuel Marc Gerecht

    March 11, 2010

Word Origin and History for baathism


pan-Arab socialist party, founded by intellectuals in Syria in 1943, from Arabic ba't "resurrection, renaissance."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper