Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being British.

Etymologies

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British +‎ -ness

Examples

  • The last people I want telling me to celebrate my "Britishness" is this Labour government.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • His idea of 'Britishness' is one which comes shod with jackboots and armed with a whip to dragoon us all into line.

    They Cannot Send All Of Us To The Gulag

  • The imposed Britishness is not a deal-breaker; there's more than enough in Wallander to keep a late-season audience entertained, but it is a drawback.

    The accent is on a Swedish sleuth in 'Wallander'

  • The worse thing about Britishness is that we are being had for mugs by our own government, the EU, immigrants and our own underclass.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Hi, Walt, I suspect the Britishness is more colloquial here than wry.

    AN ANGEL IN A PLANE TREE • by Sarah Hilary

  • You see, Britishness is not about having pasty-white skin or being Anglican or even about having bad teeth.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Truth About the English

  • A Labour prime minister in Gordon Brown who seems to think that Britishness is about telling people to plant flags on their lawn, and a Conservative party that understands the deepest instincts of our great nation.

    Report from the Cameron 'Built to Last' Speech

  • Meanwhile, we have lost our confidence in Britishness as something stable or even desirable.

    Archive 2005-01-01

  • That Britishness is defined against commercial capitalism, as we might expect, but also against Oriental models of government, and against the Byronic poetry that, as Wordsworth saw it, pandered to Orientalist models.

    Abstracts

  • 'Britishness' - and that without first deciding what Britishness is.

    The British National Party

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