• synonyms


[jur-muh-niz-uh m]
  1. a usage, idiom, or other feature that is characteristic of the German language.
  2. a custom, manner, mode of thought, action, etc., that is characteristic of the German people.
  3. extreme partiality for or attachment to Germany, Germans, or German customs, manners, etc.
Show More

Origin of Germanism

First recorded in 1605–15; German + -ism
Related formsan·ti-Ger·man·ism, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for germanism

Historical Examples

  • In the day of their power they were more tolerant of Germanism.

    Odd Bits of History

    Henry W. Wolff

  • England is now showing on what feeble feet its Germanism rests, how unsound, how profoundly unworthy of the German Thought it is.

  • Germanism in its later and worst form would be the inspiriting thought and philosophy of the hour.

  • He pretends that there is no difference between Anglo-Saxonism and Germanism.

    England, Canada and the Great War

    Louis-Georges Desjardins

  • Subject to this qualification, the proportion of the forms in -ing, is a measure of the Germanism of the population.

British Dictionary definitions for germanism


  1. a word or idiom borrowed from or modelled on German
  2. a German custom, trait, practice, etc
  3. attachment to or high regard for German customs, institutions, etc
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012