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

  • n. An Irish political and cultural society founded about 1905 to promote political and economic independence from England, unification of Ireland, and a renewal of Irish culture. It now constitutes the political branch of the Irish Republican Army.

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  • proper n. An Irish political party committed to the reunification of Ireland.

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  • n. an Irish republican political movement founded in 1905 to promote independence from England and unification of Ireland; became the political branch of the Irish Republican Army


Irish Gaelic sinn féin : sinn, we (from Middle Irish, from Old Irish) + féin, self (from Middle Irish, from Old Irish; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Irish Sinn Féin ("(we) ourselves") (Wiktionary)


  • "We believe the time has come for these people to drop the name Sinn Fein and no longer claim to be the republican movement."

    Slugger O'Toole

  • He refers to Provisional Sinn Fein and on the theme of party names the name Sinn Fein is also outdated and at odds with their aims and objectives - 'ourselves alone' does not sit well with inclusivity, equality - infact the name may be contributing to the isolating factor

    Slugger O'Toole

  • She called the Sinn Fein leader "babe", as she did everybody, but more seriously she confided her differences with Tony Blair and said she was "fighting like f***!" to stay on as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • "the time has come for these people to drop the name Sinn Fein"

    Slugger O'Toole

  • Can anybody recall Sinn Fein being mentioned in despatches on the BBC?


  • Their political wing known as Sinn Fein won many seats in the Northern Ireland parliament and also in the Ireland parliament.

    Washington's new outlook on their blunder in the Middle East

  • He said if they continued to make direct challenges to Sinn Fein, which is the largest Catholic-backed party in Northern Ireland, they would "dismay and disillusion an awful lot of people, tens of thousands of people who support them in their just demands."

    Daimnation!: They haven't figured out this "peace" thing, have they?

  • He is the president of Sinn Fein, which is the political arm of the IRA.

    CNN Transcript Oct 24, 2001

  • Dublin and Washington fell in with this line and became in effect allies of the IRA aka Sinn Fein for the duration of the ceasefire.


  • BELL: Gerry Adams is president of the provisional Sinn Fein, which is the political arm of the Irish Republican movement.

    The Irish Troubles: A Generation of Violence 1967-1992


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