[spred-ee-guh-liz-uh m]


boastfulness or bombast, especially in the display of patriotic or nationalistic pride in the U.S.; flag-waving.

Origin of spread-eagleism

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; spread-eagle + -ism
Related formsspread-ea·gle·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for spread-eagleism

Historical Examples of spread-eagleism

  • Whenever any one addresses me with that inflection my spread-eagleism is aroused.

  • But (call it spread-eagleism if you like) the United States now has the affair in hand.


    Arthur D. Hall

  • However reckless, at times, his spread-eagleism there was shrewdness behind it.


    Nathaniel Wright Stephenson

  • I am uneasy, fearing we may commit some spread-eagleism towards France during this present Mexican imbroglio.

  • Nothing is so damaging to appeals to prejudice, spread-eagleism, and fustian bombast as an impassive reception.

    Public Speaking

    Clarence Stratton