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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Definitions for irredentist

  1. a member of a party in any country advocating the acquisition of some region included in another country by reason of cultural, historical, ethnic, racial, or other ties.
  2. (usually initial capital letter) a member of an Italian association that became prominent in 1878, advocating the redemption, or the incorporation into Italy, of certain neighboring regions (Italia irredenta) having a primarily Italian population.
  3. pertaining to or supporting such a party or its doctrine.

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Citations for irredentist
Although the U.I.C. had popular support, its senior members included irredentists and Al Qaeda veterans, worrying Somalia's neighbors. Xan Rice, "Now Serving," The New Yorker, Sept. 30, 2013
In Evelyn's face, I saw the travels of Marco Polo, the fall of Constantinople, the irredentist yearnings of Hungaro—Romanians. Leonard Michaels, The Collected Stories, 2007
Origin of irredentist
Irredentist entered English in the late 1800s from the Italian word irredent which literally meant "unredeemed" but more importantly referred to an adherent of a specific political party.