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  1. an adherent of the Bonapartes or their policies.
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Origin of Bonapartist

1805–15; earlier Buonapartist. See Bonaparte, -ist
Related formsBo·na·part·ism, noun
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Historical Examples of bonapartism

  • Bonapartism now, for the first time, made its entry into the yellow drawing-room.

    The Fortune of the Rougons

    Emile Zola

  • The cabals continue; but later, on the overthrow of Bonapartism, he is actually raised to the episcopate.

  • His volume on Bonapartism was a study of the chief political opponent of Prussian supremacy.

  • They had talked quite freely before him, consulted with him when local Bonapartism appeared uncomfortably rampant.

    The Bronze Eagle

    Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy

  • The Radicals, always upon the scent of Bonapartism, have made much ado about the presence of that personage.

British Dictionary definitions for bonapartism


  1. a political system resembling the rules of the Bonapartes, esp Napoleon I and Napoleon III: centralized government by a military dictator, who enjoys popular support given expression in plebiscites
  2. (esp in France) support for the government or dynasty of Napoleon Bonaparte
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Derived FormsBonapartist, noun
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