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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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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who favours the acquisition of territory that once was part of his country or is considered to have been
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, relating to, or advocating this belief
[C19: from Italian irredentista, from the phrase Italia irredenta, literally: Italy unredeemed, from ir- in-1 + redento redeemed, from Latin redemptus bought back; see redeem]
ˌirreˈdentism n


(Historical Terms) (sometimes not capital) a member of an Italian association prominent in 1878 that sought to recover for Italy certain neighbouring regions (Italia irredenta) with a predominantly Italian population that were under foreign control
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(ˌɪr ɪˈdɛn tɪst)

1. (usu. cap.) a member of an Italian association that became prominent in 1878, advocating the incorporation into Italy of certain neighboring regions having a primarily Italian population.
2. a member of a party in any country advocating the acquisition of a region in another country by reason of cultural, historical, or ethnic ties.
3. pertaining to or supporting such a party or its doctrine.
[1880–85; < Italian irredentista= (Italia) irredent(a) (Italy) unredeemed (feminine of irredento=ir- ir-2 + redento < Latin redemptus, past participle of redimere to redeem)]
ir`re•den′tism, n.
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Noun1.irredentist - an advocate of irredentism
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
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[ˌɪrɪˈdentɪst] ADJ, N (fig) → irredentista mf
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[ˌɪrɪˈdɛntɪst] nirredentista m/f
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