Definition of revanchism in English:

revanchism

Syllabification: re·vanch·ism
Pronunciation: /rəˈväNˌSHizəm
 
/

noun

A policy of seeking to retaliate, especially to recover lost territory.
More example sentences
  • Given the climate of hatred, violence, and revanchism ubiquitous in the refugee camps, the likelihood of meeting this requirement is nil.
  • During the Cold War, the Soviet Union constantly reminded Poland, which had absorbed much of Germany's former eastern regions, that it was the Poles' sole protection against German revanchism.
  • ‘For me personally, the political revanchism going on in Latvia is very painful,’ she said.

Origin

1950s: from French revanche (see revanche) + -ism. The form revanchist dates from the 1920s.

Derivatives

revanchist

adjective & noun
More example sentences
  • Knock back your entire shot in one gulp, immediately inverting your glass over the table to allow the microscopic last drop to fall out, proving you're not a wuss or a reactionary revanchist Trotskyite provocateur.
  • In doing so they unwittingly created a powerful tradition of revanchist paramilitarism that was to explode in their faces in 1971.
  • France might, for example, have continued with the revanchist attitude to Germany which blighted the continent in the inter-war period.

Definition of revanchism in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day glee
Pronunciation: gliː
noun
great delight, especially from one's own good fortune…