Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The system or political program of the Irredentists.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the doctrine that irredenta should be controlled by the country to which they are ethnically or historically related.

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  • noun A doctrine advocating annexation of foreign lands by a country with historic or ethnic links.

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  • noun the doctrine that irredenta should be controlled by the country to which they are ethnically or historically related

Etymologies

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From irredent(ist) +‎ -ism.

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  • Strange Maps: 'Irredentism, i.e. the desire to annex territory based on historical and/or ethnic grounds, gets its name from Italia irredenta, a term to describe territories held by the Austro-Hungarian empire between the unification of Italy and the end of the First World War, and claimed by Italy.'

    November 3, 2008