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The principles and practices of a party of political reformers, chiefly workingmen, active in England from 1838 to 1848.

[From Medieval Latin charta, charter (referring to the "People's Charter" of 1837), from Latin, paper, document; see card1.]

Chart′ist adj. & n.


(Historical Terms) British history the principles of the reform movement in Britain from 1838 to 1848, which included manhood suffrage, payment of Members of Parliament, equal electoral districts, annual parliaments, voting by ballot, and the abolition of property qualifications for MPs
[named after the People's Charter, a document which stated their aims]
ˈChartist n, adj


(ˈtʃɑr tɪz əm)

the principles or movement of a group of political and social reformers in England 1838–1848.
[1839; after the People's Charter, embodying the movement's goals]
Chart′ist, n., adj.


the principles of a movement or party of English political reformers, chiefly workingmen, from 1838 to 1848, advocating better working and social conditions for laborers in its People’s Charter (1838). — Chartist, n.
See also: Politics


1838–48 An English popular movement demanding male suffrage, annual Parliaments, reform of electoral boundaries, and voting by secret ballot.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Chartism - the principles of a body of 19th century English reformers who advocated better social and economic conditions for working people
ethic, moral principle, value orientation, value-system - the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group; "the Puritan ethic"; "a person with old-fashioned values"


[ˈtʃɑːtɪzəm] N (Hist) → cartismo m
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In response to the Chartist movement, the Reform Act had doubled the electorate, giving all men who owned property, or paid more than PS10 rent a year, the vote.
The book examines OAEBrienAEs work in the context of the political, social, and economic changes of the period and describes his efforts to clarify the intellectual foundations of the Chartist movement.
He said the archive held interesting maps of Newport in 1839, when around 5,000 workers marched from a wide area of the Gwent Valleys to Newport as part of the Chartist movement for democratic rights.
By the age of 16 he was fired by an enthusiasm for radical politics, the Chartist Movement then being at its height.
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Originally known as the Waggoners Inn, it was renamed in support of the Chartist movement, which flourished during the decade of 1838-1848 with the aim of gaining rights for the working classes.
The Spirit of '45 was conceived in the Chartist movement, when working people became determined to take control of their own lives.
She finds that Chartist women poets represent themselves as maternal presences within the wider "families" of the Chartist movement and nation, thus buttressing their tacit claims for full inclusion.
He investigates the seven times that Britain came closest to revolution, beginning with the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, then the Jack Cade rising of 1450, the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536, the English Civil War of the 1640s, the Jacobite Rising of 1745-46, the Chartist Movement of 1838-50 and ending with the General Strike of 1926.