Definitions

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

  • n. One who advocates the recovery of territory culturally or historically related to one's nation but now subject to a foreign government.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who calls for the seizure or recovery of territories or states currently subject to other countries; an adherent of irredentism.
  • adj. Of or relating to irredentists or their policies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an advocate of irredentism, especially a person in one country who advocates the incorporation of a region in another country related historically to his country.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of an Italian political party formed in 1878, for bringing about the “redemption” or the incorporation into the kingdom of Italy of all regions situated near Italy where an important part of the population was Italian, but which were still subject to other governments, and hence called Italia irredenta.
  • Pertaining to or advocating irredentism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an advocate of irredentism

Etymologies

Italian irredentista, from (Italia) irredenta, unredeemed (Italy), Italian-speaking areas subject to other countries; see irredenta.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Irredentist. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He spent much of 1999 explaining how Clinton's Kosovo policy would lead to a disastrous regional war along with an "irredentist" Kosovo bent on territorial conquest.

    Barrett Brown: Krauthammer Makes New Prediction Regarding Failed Old Prediction

  • Israeli political leaders are depicted as 'irredentist', 'hawkish', and

    CAMERA Snapshots

  • § Israeli political leaders are depicted as 'irredentist', 'hawkish', and 'ultra-nationalist'.

    The New Republic - All Feed

  • Layers of shared language, history and ethnicity so rarely actually overlap that every national boundary drawn on a map is a lie, a murderous exclusion of unwanted others (imagine an impossible Europe, physically large enough to contain the dreams of every irredentist), an attempt to engage our emotions and seal the economic and social dominance of one clique over another.

    May « 2009 « Squares of Wheat

  • As for cultural assimilation ... you seem unaware of the irredentist and sharia visions of more than a few our new zitizens.

    Borjas: What's His Problem?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • They also worry that statehood could spawn an irredentist Palestinian polity, prompt needless violence over disputed territories and weaken Israel in ways that could tempt other neighboring states into a regional conflict.

    The Third Way for Mideast Peace

  • There have been plenty of massive population transfers in the last century (in Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and India/Pakistan most notably) and in few of them was there much irredentist sentement afterward.

    Matthew Yglesias » Israel and China: A Bad Romance

  • Vietnam perceives China as an irredentist and expansionist power.

    Asia's Great Naval Rivalry

  • Without distorting the play's meaning, Mr. Heaney has subtly emphasized its continuing relevance, placing lines in the mouths of the chorus that liken the furious Philoctetes' self-consuming desire for revenge to the irredentist madness of Northern Ireland, the land of the poet's birth: So hope for a great sea-change / On the far side of revenge.

    The Warrior's Dilemma

  • To the extent that state supporters of that measure may themselves have irredentist populations or active border disputes with their neighbors—as do Russia, China, Britain and Turkey—they will certainly store up future trouble for themselves.

    The Legal Case Against Palestinian Statehood

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