[jing-goh-iz-uh m]


the spirit, policy, or practice of jingoes; bellicose chauvinism.

Origin of jingoism

First recorded in 1875–80; jingo + -ism
Related formsjin·go·ish, adjectivejin·go·ist, noun, adjectivejin·go·is·tic, adjectivejin·go·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for jingoism

Contemporary Examples of jingoism

  • Visiting China, you are struck, sometimes troubled, by sentiments you hear that come close to jingoism.

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    China, Rising

    Blake Gopnik

    October 9, 2012

  • The embassy response was a good example of this jingoism on the cheap.

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    Romney's Jingoism On The Cheap

    Ali Gharib

    September 13, 2012

  • The paranoid anti-communism of the Palmer Raids, in other words, represented an inversion of the jingoism spawned by war.

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    The New McCarthyism

    Peter Beinart

    September 12, 2010

Historical Examples of jingoism

  • Jingoism, a sort of swell bucket-shop business—you know the tone.

    The Message

    Alec John Dawson

  • Has his open-air moods, too, and amuses me with his Jingoism.

    The Whirlpool

    George Gissing

  • Jack's speech is the antithesis of Jingoism; it is also not—well, Northamptonish.

    Scarlet and Hyssop

    E. F. Benson

  • The pseudo-national spirit of jingoism is the meanest and the most dangerous.

    The Earl of Beaconsfield

    James Anthony Froude

  • But jingoism says "French blood has been spilled: Honor is at stake!"

    Battle Studies

    Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq

British Dictionary definitions for jingoism



the belligerent spirit or foreign policy of jingoes; chauvinism
Derived Formsjingoist, noun, adjectivejingoistic, adjectivejingoistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for jingoism

1878, from jingo + -ism. Related: Jingoist; jingoistic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

jingoism in Culture


Extreme and emotional nationalism, or chauvinism, often characterized by an aggressive foreign policy, accompanied by an eagerness to wage war.

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