Definition of revanchism in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈvän(t)SHˌizəm/


A policy of seeking to retaliate, especially to recover lost territory.
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.



Pronunciation: /rəˈvän(t)SHəst/
adjective& noun
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.


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

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Syllabification: re·vanch·ism

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