a worldwide Jewish movement that resulted in the establishment and development of the state of Israel.

1895–1900; Zion + -ism

Zionist, noun, adjective
Zionistic, adjective
Zionite [zahy-uhnahyt] , noun
anti-Zionism, noun
anti-Zionist, noun, adjective
non-Zionist, noun, adjective
pro-Zionism, noun
pro-Zionist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Zionism (ˈzaɪəˌnɪzəm)
1.  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
2.  a policy or movement for Jews to return to Palestine from the Diaspora
n, —adj

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Zionism definition

The belief that 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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