American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A region that is culturally or historically related to one nation but is subject to a foreign government.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A region that is related ethnically or historically to one country but is controlled politically by another.
- n. a region that is related ethnically or historically to one country but is controlled politically by another
- From Italian (Italia) irredenta, unredeemed (Italy), Italian-speaking areas subject to other countries, feminine of irredento : in-, not (from Latin; see in-1) + redento, redeemed (from Latin redemptus, past participle of redimere, to redeem; see redeem). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But what kept the Russian irredenta from catching fire?”
“France needed to regain its occupied territory, Wilson noted to a British colleague in early 1918; Belgium, its independence; Italy, its ethnic irredenta.”
“Communion-frocked girls sang hymns to Our Lady, crop-haired boys peeped Hibernia irredenta.”
“To Damascus, therefore, Lebanon is Syria irredenta.”
“The whole earth would have to be reshuffled if claims 2,000 years old to irredenta were suddenly to be allowed.”
“But it must always be remembered that Western Germany has her eastward irredenta; only in collaboration with Moscow can she repossess land and brethren now in its grip.”
“This turning of Russia into a vast "Turania irredenta" was certainly an ambitious order.”
“The Italian Nationalists saw in Austria the former oppressor, and still raised the cry of _Italia irredenta _for the recovery of the Italian districts of Tyrol, Istria, and Dalmatia.”
“I raised my glass to Italia irredenta -- might it soon be redenta.”
“Well," said he, "here is a toast in the meantime: '_Italia irredenta_!”
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