[ 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

First recorded in 1880–85; from Italian irredentista, equivalent to (Italia) irredent(a) “(Italy) unredeemed” (feminine of irredento, equivalent to ir-ir-2 + redento, from Latin redemptus; see redemption) + -ista-ist
ir·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
irredentism, noun
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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