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Zionism

[ zahy-uh-niz-uhm ]
/ ˈzaɪ əˌnɪz əm /
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noun

a worldwide Jewish movement that resulted in the establishment and development of the state of Israel and that now supports the state of Israel as a Jewish homeland.

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Origin of Zionism

First recorded in 1895–1900; Zion + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for Zionism

Zionism
/ (ˈzaɪəˌnɪzəm) /

noun

a political movement for the establishment and support of a national homeland for Jews in Palestine, now concerned chiefly with the development of the modern state of Israel
a policy or movement for Jews to return to Palestine from the Diaspora
Zionist, noun, adjectiveZionistic, adjective
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Cultural definitions for Zionism

Zionism

The belief that Jews (see also Jews) should have their own nation; Jewish nationalism. Zionism gained much support among Jews and others in the early twentieth century, and the hoped-for nation was established in the late 1940s in Palestine, as the state of Israel. Zionism is opposed by most Arabs. (See Arab-Israeli conflict.)

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