from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A native or inhabitant of Ingushetia.
  • n. The Caucasian language of the Ingush.

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  • adj. Of, or pertaining to Ingushetia, a republic of Russia.
  • n. A person from Ingushetia
  • proper n. A Caucasian language spoken in and around Ingushetia


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  • He's also an ethnic Ingush, which is a bit unusual - the last couple of Ingush Presidents were not.

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  • While most scholars view “Vaynakh” as an old, indigenous term, Shnirelman argues that it was a neologism coined by Soviet linguists in the late 1920s after officials decided that the Chechens and Ingush should be encouraged to form a common national identity Victor Shnirelman, “The Politics of a Name: Between Consolidation and Separation in the Northern Caucasus,” Acta Slavica Iaponica 23 2006: 37–73.

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  • Aushev negotiated ably with Moscow, avoiding a flare-up of Ingush nationalism, which at times risked sparking a war with North Ossetia over the disputed Prigorodny district.

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  • A total of 387,229 Chechens and 91,250 Ingush were deported.

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  • According to Johanna Nichols “The Origin of the Chechen and Ingush: A Study in Alpine Linguistic and Ethnic Geography,” Anthropological Linguistics 46, no. 2 2004: 129–155, at 131, the term includes the Chechen, Ingush, Melxii, Kisti, and Arshtxoi.

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  • Of course, it is not so unusual for ambitious nationalists to have broader and narrower conceptions of their nation; in some ways, the Ingush were for Chechen nationalists what the Ukrainians were for their Russian counterparts.

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  • Two years later, what was left of the Mountain Republic was divided into the North Ossetian and Ingush autonomous oblasts.

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  • Unlike in Tatarstan or Bashkortostan, where Soviet leaders had sought to coopt potential nationalists by creating a caste of indigenous apparatchiks, Chechens and Ingush received no affirmative action.

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  • Of these, 57.8 percent were Chechens, 12.9 were Ingush, and 23.1 were Russian.

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  • The difference was that the Russian nationalists wanted to absorb the Ukrainians into the Russian nation, whereas the Chechens recognized a broader identity into which both Chechens and Ingush could be folded.

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