Sinn feiner

Sinn Fein

[shin feyn]
a political organization in Ireland, founded about 1905, advocating the complete political separation from Great Britain of a unified Ireland.
a member of this organization.

< Irish sinn féin we ourselves

Sinn Feiner, noun
Sinn Feinism, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
Sinn Féin (ˈʃɪn ˈfeːn)
an Irish republican political movement founded about 1905 and linked to the revolutionary Irish Republican Army: divided into a Provisional and an Official movement since a similar split in the IRA in late 1969
[C20: from Irish: we ourselves]
Sinn Féiner
Sinn Féinism

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Word Origin & History

Sinn Fein
1905, from Ir., lit. "we ourselves," from O.Ir. féin "self," from PIE *swei-no-, suffixed form of base *s(w)e- (see idiom). Movement founded 1905 by Ir. journalist and politician Arthur Griffith (1872-1922).
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Cultural Dictionary
Sinn Fein [(shin fayn)]

An Irish political party (in Gaelic it means “Ourselves Alone”) that has long combatted Great Britain's influence in Ireland and sought the unification of Northern Ireland with the Irish republic in the south; generally considered the political portion of the Irish Republican Army. One wing of it has engaged in terrorism.

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