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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

irredentist

\ir-i-DEN-tist\ , noun;
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.
adjective:
1.
pertaining to or supporting such a party or its doctrine.
Quotes:
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:
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.
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