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[boo r-buh-niz-uh m or, occasionally, bur-]
  1. adherence to the ideas and system of government practiced by the Bourbons.
  2. extreme conservatism, especially in politics.
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Origin of Bourbonism

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; Bourbon + -ism
Related formsBour·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
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Historical Examples of bourbonism

  • The fact is, we whites are in no position to indulge in the luxury of Bourbonism.

    The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy

    Theodore Lothrop Stoddard

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


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for bourbonism


  1. 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)
  2. US extreme political and social conservatism
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