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irredentist

[ ir-i-den-tist ]
/ ˌɪr ɪˈdɛn tɪst /
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noun

(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.

adjective

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)

irredentist
/ (ˌɪrɪˈdɛntɪst) /

noun

a person who favours the acquisition of territory that once was part of his country or is considered to have been

adjective

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)

Irredentist
/ (ˌɪrɪˈdɛntɪst) /

noun

(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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