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West Briton

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Definition of West Briton in English:

noun

Irish , derogatory
An Irish person who greatly admires England or Britain.
Example sentences
  • While the overwhelming majority of Irish people consider themselves to be ethnically Irish, some Irish nationals see themselves as Irish of British descent, a group sometimes referred to as the ‘Anglo-Irish’ or ‘West Britons.’
  • In these circumstances, nationalists were often dismissive of Dublin Anglo-Irish Protestants, dubbing them ‘West Britons’.
  • Only three years before the war, in 1936, the Admiral, a self-confessed ‘West Briton’ and staunch unionist living in County Cork, had been shot dead.

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