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[pan-jur-muh-niz-uh m]
  1. the idea or advocacy of a union of all the German peoples in a single political organization or state.
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Origin of Pan-Germanism

First recorded in 1880–85; pan- + Germanism
Related formsPan-Ger·man, adjective, nounPan-Ger·man·ic [pan-jer-man-ik] /ˌpæn dʒərˈmæn ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pan-germanism

Historical Examples

  • Dr. Michaelis was more given to Pan-Germanism than his predecessor.

    In the World War

    Count Ottokar Czernin

  • Before the war began, Prussia planned for a Pan-Germanism of this nature, and this plan has now been almost completed.

    The Spirit of Lafayette

    James Mott Hallowell

  • Pan-Germanism, as here seen, is the reductio ad absurdum of the doctrine that all is fair in war—and peace.

  • They see in the victory of Pan-Germanism the effective promise of the realization of such ideals.

  • 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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