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Germanism

[jur-muh-niz-uh m]
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noun
  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.
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Origin of Germanism

First recorded in 1605–15; German + -ism
Related formsan·ti-Ger·man·ism, noun
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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

Germanism

noun
  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
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