[ pan-slah-viz-uhm, -slav-iz- ]

  1. the idea or advocacy of a political union of all the Slavic peoples.

Origin of Pan-Slavism

First recorded in 1840–50; pan- + Slavism

Other words from Pan-Slavism

  • Pan-Slav, Pan-Slavic, adjective

Words Nearby Pan-Slavism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Pan-Slavism in a sentence

  • Pan-Slavism, which was dominating the Russian policy to an ever greater degree, had positive anti-German tendencies.

  • 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
  • It was made to elect between Pan-Slavism and pan-capitalism.

    After the Rain | Sam Vaknin
  • And he was as strongly repelled by Dostoevsky's shrieking Pan-Slavism as by his sensationalism among horrors.

    Old and New Masters | Robert Lynd

British Dictionary definitions for Pan-Slavism


  1. (esp in the 19th century) the movement for the union of the Slavic peoples, esp under the hegemony of tsarist Russia

Derived forms of Pan-Slavism

  • Pan-Slavic, adjective

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