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One who advocates the recovery of territory culturally or historically related to one's nation but now subject to a foreign government.

[Italian irredentista, from (Italia) irredenta, unredeemed (Italy), Italian-speaking areas subject to other countries; see irredenta.]

ir′re·den′tism n.
ir′re·den′tist adj.
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1. a national policy advocating the acquisition of some region in another country by reason of common linguistic, cultural, historical, ethnic, or racial ties.
2. (cap.) the policies of a 19th-century Italian party that sought to annex parts of certain neighboring regions with chiefly Italian populations. — irredentist, n., adj.
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Noun1.irredentism - the doctrine that irredenta should be controlled by the country to which they are ethnically or historically related
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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[ˌɪrɪˈdentɪzəm] N (fig) → irredentismo m
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* We are going to achieve the best possible results and are going to remove irredentism and revisionism from textbooks, said Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Bolaris, leader of the Greek team on the joint interdisciplinary committee of experts on historical, archeological and educational matters.
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