from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A custom, trait, or tradition originating in the United States.
- n. A word, phrase, or idiom characteristic of English as it is spoken in the United States.
- n. Allegiance to the United States and its customs and institutions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A custom peculiar to the United States or the Americans.
- n. A word, phrase or linguistic feature originating from or specific to American language usage.
- n. A preference to the United States and the ideas it represents.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Attachment to the United States.
- n. A custom peculiar to the United States or to America; an American characteristic or idea.
- n. A word or phrase peculiar to the United States.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Devotion to or preference for the United States and their institutions; preference for whatever is American in this sense; the exhibition of such preference.
- n. The condition of being a citizen of the United States.
- n. A custom, trait, or thing peculiar to America or Americans; in general, any distinctive characteristic of American life, thought, literature, etc.
- n. A word, a phrase, or an idiom of the English language which is now peculiar to or has originated in the United States.
- n. A name applied to a series of opinions at variance with the policy and practice of the Roman Catholic Church, supposed for a time to be held by some members of that church, especially in the United States, and condemned by Pope Leo XIII. in 1899 in an apostolical letter addressed to Cardinal Gibbons.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a custom that is peculiar to the United States or its citizens
- n. an expression that is characteristic of English as spoken by Americans
- n. loyalty to the United States and its institutions
QUOTATION: Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism
Chief of these was the Know-nothings who stood for what they called Americanism, and raised an opposition to Catholicism.
To answer your intent, as I understand it, though, I will say that "Americanism" is a combination of a number of factors - Constitutional law and intent, Historical practice and precedent, and general popular opinion.
Or another way, currently America "owns" (with a few others) free markets, and anti-Americanism is often just masked anti-capitalism.
For example, they have cultivated the idea that American interests are interchangeable with Israeli interests, and that anti-Americanism is the same thing as hostility to Israel.
Monty's nativist Americanism is rooted in the biological determinism of fascist ideology, while Max's Americanism insists on the voluntarism and pluralism of liberal ideology.
I have to say that objecting to "Hyphenated Americanism" is not necessarily racist, but I also have to say that it is an easy veil to throw over xenophobia or mysoxeny.
But it does suggest that the steady, malign drip of anti-Americanism is not without its perils, if turning away from the US creates a vacuum which is filled by the European Union.
His anti-Americanism is shrill to the point of self-parody, and he has no powerful protectors.
In an editorial on Bush and terror, it said Bush would be correct in saying that anti-Americanism is to blame for some of the opprobrium heaped on his country.