[ boo r-buh-niz-uh m or, occasionally, bur- ]
/ ˈbʊər bəˌnɪz əm or, occasionally, ˈbɜr- /


adherence to the ideas and system of government practiced by the Bourbons.
extreme conservatism, especially in politics.

Origin of Bourbonism

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; Bourbon + -ism

Related forms

Bour·bo·ni·an [boo r-boh-nee-uh n or, occasionally, bur-] /bʊərˈboʊ ni ən or, occasionally, bɜr-/, Bour·bon·ic [boo r-bon-ik or, occasionally, bur-] /bʊərˈbɒn ɪk or, occasionally, bɜr-/, adjectiveBour·bon·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bourbonism

  • Politics, Bourbonism, Napoleonism, Boulangerism ere this had crept in unawares sporting strange disguises.

    Melomaniacs|James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for bourbonism


/ (ˈbʊəbəˌnɪzəm) /


support for the rule of the Bourbons, the European royal line that ruled in France from 1589 to 1793 and 1815–48, and in Spain (1700–1808; 1813–1931) and Naples and Sicily (1734–1806; 1815–1860)
US extreme political and social conservatism
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