[ pan-jur-muh-niz-uhm ]

  1. the idea or advocacy of a union of all the German peoples in a single political organization or state.

Origin of Pan-Germanism

First recorded in 1880–85; pan- + Germanism

Other words from Pan-Germanism

  • Pan-German, adjective, noun
  • Pan-Ger·man·ic [pan-jer-man-ik], /ˌpæn dʒərˈmæn ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby Pan-Germanism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Pan-Germanism in a sentence

  • Germany was quick to respond with Pan Germanism, that is, to bring all German-speaking nations under one scepter.

    The Story of Russia | R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • An honest man, sincere enough, with no sense of humour, and a very good friend until one contradicted his Pan-Germanism.

    Ten Years Near the German Frontier | Maurice Francis Egan
  • No one yet knows the full promise of life after the war, when Pan-Germanism shall have been not only balked but destroyed.

  • Pan-Slavism or Pan-Germanism, based upon a racial bond, would be a far more significant political idea.

    The Promise Of American Life | Herbert David Croly
  • Viewed under the aspect of exaggerated Nationalism, the spirit of Pan-Germanism is nothing new.

British Dictionary definitions for Pan-Germanism


  1. (esp in the 19th century) the movement for the unification of Germany

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