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spread-eagleism

[spred-ee-guh-liz-uh m]
noun
  1. boastfulness or bombast, especially in the display of patriotic or nationalistic pride in the U.S.; flag-waving.
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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

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

    An American Girl in Munich

    Mabel W. Daniels

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

    Cuba

    Arthur D. Hall

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

    Lincoln

    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