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Sinn Fein

[shin feyn] /ˈʃɪn ˈfeɪn/
noun
1.
a political organization in Ireland, founded about 1905, advocating the complete political separation from Great Britain of a unified Ireland.
2.
a member of this organization.
Origin
< Irish sinn féin we ourselves
Related forms
Sinn Feiner, noun
Sinn Feinism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sinn feinism

Sinn Féin

/ˈʃɪn ˈfeːn/
noun
1.
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
Derived Forms
Sinn Féiner, noun
Sinn Féinism, noun
Word Origin
C20: from Irish: we ourselves
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Word Origin and History for sinn feinism

Sinn Fein

n.

1905, from Irish, literally "we ourselves," from Old Irish féin "self," from PIE *swei-no-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e- (see idiom). Movement founded 1905 by Irish journalist and politician Arthur Griffith (1872-1922).

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sinn feinism in Culture
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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