jingoism • \JING-goh-is-uhm\ • noun
extreme chauvinism or nationalism marked especially by a belligerent foreign policy
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.
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“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.”