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1. An attitude, custom, or feature that seems characteristically German.
2. A linguistic feature of German, especially a German idiom or phrasing that appears in a language other than German.
3. Esteem for Germany and emulation of German ways.


1. (Linguistics) a word or idiom borrowed from or modelled on German
2. a German custom, trait, practice, etc
3. attachment to or high regard for German customs, institutions, etc


(ˈdʒɜr məˌnɪz əm)

1. a German usage, idiom, etc., occurring in another language.
2. a custom, manner, mode of thought, etc., characteristic of the German people.
3. extreme partiality for or attachment to Germany or German culture.


a feature of the German language that is present in another language.
See also: Germany
a German loanword in English, as gemütlich. Also called Teutonism, Teutonicism.
See also: Language
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Noun1.Germanism - a custom that is peculiar to Germany or its citizens
custom, usage, usance - accepted or habitual practice
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Pronouncing "st" as "sht" is a Germanism, but the vast majority of Americans are unaware of this.
Epp, "An Analysis of Germanism and National Socialism in the Immigrant Newspapers of a Canadian Minority Group, the Mennonites, in the 1930s" (Ph.
The instance of ostracizing Germany as England's 'Other' is historically compatible with a rapid melt-down of Germanism which pervaded the intellectual discourse in Britain in the 19th century (Collini 1991:365; Mandler 2006:100).
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Germanism among Mennonite Brethren Immigrants in Canada, 1930- 1960: A Struggle for Ethno-Religious Integrity.
Mees focuses on the tradition of swastika studies, which featured a relatively long history, and not always at the fringes of the academe, the tradition of Volkisch Germanism, traditional links between history and intuition, and other ideographic studies that carried with them the aroma of service to the nation, such as those of eugenics, gothic art and even Sanskrit.
Those thought to be related by blood--the Dutch, the Norwegian, the Alsatians--were given the choice to either espouse Germanism or share the fate of the "inferior" people.