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

  • n. An Italian idiom or custom.
  • n. A quality characteristic of Italy or its people.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A loanword from the Italian language
  • n. A characteristic of Italy or the Italian people
  • n. A tendency to assimilate or imitate the culture or customs of Italy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A word, phrase, or idiom, peculiar to the Italians; an Italicism.
  • n. Attachment to, or sympathy for, Italy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A word, phrase, idiom, or manner peculiar to the Italians; Italian spirit, principles, or taste.


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  • If Zionism is racism, then so is Irishism, and Italianism, and Chineseism (with appartheid wall), and nearly every single nation on Earth.

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  • Her policy confirmed the equation of Machia - vellism and Italianism.


  • Here, therefore, is to be found an even deeper fear of Italianism, and here still sterner methods are employed to stamp it out.

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  • In the formation of the new kingdom, says Minghetti, the revolution was the impelling force, not abandoned, however, to the hands of conspirators unorganized and without authority, but directed by the government of Piedmont, especially by Baron Cavour, who used it in the interest of Piedmontese supremacy, while he appealed to the sentiments of independence and of Italianism very strong in the people of northern Italy.

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  • Ah! the musty base Italianism and neo-Meyerbeerism, the filthy masses of sentiment which are borne on by the torrent! ...

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  • Therefore to reduce the danger of a strong Italia Irredenta on the east of Adria she encouraged Atavism against Italianism, regarding the ignorant and incoherent Slavs as less dangerous than the industrious and scientific Italians.

    Twenty Years Of Balkan Tangle

  • In recent years the Italian poet has abandoned his native land, living in Paris, writing his last work in French, having apparently exiled himself for the rest of his life and renounced his former Italianism.

    The World Decision

  • At any rate the poem contains the whole apparatus of nymphs and satyrs transplanted to Italian landscape and living a life of commingled Hellenism and Italianism.

    Some Forerunners of Italian Opera

  • Italianism, could not add anything to the economic resources which will play such a predominant part in the future struggle for material well-being among the new and old states.

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  • The overture, with its hollow ring of gaiety, strikes the note of Italianism which echoes throughout the opera.

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