[ ir-i-den-tist ]
/ ˌɪr ɪˈdɛn tɪst /
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(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.
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.
pertaining to or supporting such a party or its doctrine.
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Origin of irredentist
OTHER WORDS FROM irredentistir·re·den·tism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for irredentist (1 of 2)
/ (ˌɪrɪˈdɛntɪst) /
a person who favours the acquisition of territory that once was part of his country or is considered to have been
of, relating to, or advocating this belief
Derived forms of irredentistirredentism, noun
Word Origin for irredentist
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
British Dictionary definitions for irredentist (2 of 2)
/ (ˌɪrɪˈdɛntɪst) /
(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
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