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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.
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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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Nazi ideology brought together elements of anti-Semitism, racial hygiene, and eugenics, and combined them with pan Germanism and territorial expansionism with the goal of obtaining more Lebensraum for the Germanic people.
Now this union of Jewry and Germanism with the negro-like basic substance must necessarily result in a remarkable product.
As a disciple of Achad Haam I detested the constant chase after Germanism, which I continuously heard in the synagogue song." (66)
Mann understood that the effort Germany had to make in order "to modernize, democratize herself, sweeping away the old, romantic imperial Germany" was a task that could only proceed "agonizingly and against the grain, meeting extreme resistance because the old Germany [was] much to deeply and firmly established in men's souls, [was] much to deeply identified, perhaps, with Germanism itself." (119) Oddly enough, that statement came in September of 1918, but it rang true for the entire span of the Weimar era.
The primary argument is that, since 'Polonism had resisted the utmost efforts of Germanism and Slavonism for more than a hundred years,' Poland has a future as 'an outpost of Western civilisation' between these powers.
Favorites of the broadcast media in the post9/11 world are "shtrong" and "shtrength." Pronouncing "st" as "sht" is a Germanism, but the vast majority of Americans are unaware of this.
Gothicism, or "Germanism" as it was sometimes called, not only sounded a European note; it was used to describe things considered archaic, outmoded, and outlandish; it was, moreover, derided by some American critics as a cheaply imitative form of writing.
Thompson's Poe's Fiction: Romantic Irony in the Gothic Tales (Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1973) 87-97; Benjamin Franklin Fisher IV's "Playful 'Germanism' in 'The Fall of the House of Usher': The Storyteller's Art" (Ruined Eden.
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).
Some considered him less than orthodox on issues like anti-Semitism and Germanism. Baumler will try to defend him against these charges.
(4) See my 'Playful 'Germanism' in "The Fall of the House of Usher": The Storyteller's Art', in Ruined Eden of the Present-Hawthorne, Melville, and Poe-Critical Essays in Honor of Darrel Abel, ed.