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Word of the day – jingoism

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jingoism   • \JING-goh-is-uhm\  •  noun

extreme chauvinism or nationalism marked especially by a belligerent foreign policy

Example Sentence:

Albert Einstein was a pacifist who found German jingoism, with its ultra-nationalistic ideology and militaristic policy, so objectionable that he left his homeland in 1933, never to return.

Did you know?

“Jingoism” originated during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, when many British citizens were hostile toward Russia and felt Britain should intervene in the conflict.

Someone holding the attitude implied in the song became known as a “jingo” or “jingoist,” and the attitude itself was dubbed “jingoism.” The “jingo” in the tune is probably a euphemism for “Jesus.”

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