Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

irredentist

[ir-i-den-tist]
See more synonyms for irredentist on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. (usually initial capital letter) a member of an Italian association that became prominent in 1878, advocating the redemption, or the incorporation into Italy, of certain neighboring regions (Italia irredenta) having a primarily Italian population.
  2. a member of a party in any country advocating the acquisition of some region included in another country by reason of cultural, historical, ethnic, racial, or other ties.
Show More
adjective
  1. pertaining to or supporting such a party or its doctrine.
Show More

Origin of irredentist

1880–85; < Italian irredentista, equivalent to (Italia) irredent(a) (Italy) unredeemed (feminine of irredento, equivalent to ir- ir-2 + redento < Latin redemptus; see redemption) + -ista -ist
Related formsir·re·den·tism, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for irredentism

Historical Examples

  • The west shut its eyes tight and threw money at the bad spirits of irredentism and re-emergent communism.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • European Unionism clashed with brown-turning-black nationalism and irredentism.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • And irredentism is one of the worst political plagues for all the three parties who usually suffer from it.

  • The first motif is that of regional rivalry coupled with irredentism.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • Bulgaria, motivated mainly by irredentism, fought on the German side during both world wars.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole


British Dictionary definitions for irredentism

irredentist

noun
  1. a person who favours the acquisition of territory that once was part of his country or is considered to have been
Show More
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or advocating this belief
Show More
Derived Formsirredentism, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Italian irredentista, from the phrase Italia irredenta, literally: Italy unredeemed, from ir- in- 1 + redento redeemed, from Latin redemptus bought back; see redeem

Irredentist

noun
  1. (sometimes not capital) a member of an Italian association prominent in 1878 that sought to recover for Italy certain neighbouring regions (Italia irredenta) with a predominantly Italian population that were under foreign control
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

Word Origin and History for irredentism

irredentist

n.

1882, member of Italian political party which (after 1878) demanded the annexation of neighboring Italian-speaking regions (Trieste, S. Tyrol, Nice, Corsica, etc.), from Italian Irredentista, from (Italia) irredenta "unredeemed (Italy)." Related: Irredentism.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper