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[kop-er-hed-iz-uh m]
  1. U.S. History. (during the Civil War) the advocacy of peace negotiations to restore the Union to its prewar condition, with continued slavery in the South.
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Origin of Copperheadism

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; copperhead + -ism
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for copperheadism

Historical Examples

  • Defeats in the field and Copperheadism at home combined in their dispiriting and deadly work.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II

    John T. Morse

  • Many causes conspired to induce an obstreperous outbreak of "Copperheadism" in the spring of 1863.

  • The valor, prowess, skill, and loyalty of our victorious legions was a menace to copperheadism.

  • With older brothers in the army he had supported his mother during the war, and had kept clear of copperheadism.

    The New Nation

    Frederic L. Paxson

  • Another measure by our people would be attended with salutary results—the extermination of Copperheadism at home.