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Definition of the noun americanism

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noun - plural: Americanisms

  1. loyalty to the United States and its institutions
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: nationalism / patriotism = love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it
  2. an expression that is characteristic of English as spoken by Americans
  3. a custom that is peculiar to the United States or its citizens
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: custom / usage / usance = accepted or habitual practice

Alternative definition of the noun americanism


  1. A custom peculiar to the United States or the Americans.
  2. A word, phrase or linguistic feature originating from or specific to American language usage.
  3. A preference to the United States and the ideas it represents.


  1. Americanism: Coined in the nineteenth century, in Roman Catholic use the term Americanism referred to a group of related heresies which were defined as the endorsement of the separation of church and state. European "continental conservative" clerics thought they detected signs of modernism or classical liberalism of the sort the Pope had condemned in the Syllabus of Errors in 1864. They feared that these doctrines were held by and taught by many members of the Catholic hierarchy in the United States in the 1890s. Catholic leaders in the U.S., however, denied that they held these views.
  2. Americanism, according to the veterans' organization the American Legion, is an ideology or belief in devotion, loyalty, or allegiance to the United States of America or to its flag, traditions, customs, culture, symbols, institutions, or form of government.

Phrases with Americanism

  1. Pan-Americanism
  2. Anti-Americanism

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Americanism

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Google previewAmerican Printer and Lithographer (1920)

Americanism stands for liberty; Bolshevism is premeditated slavery. Americanism is a synonym of self-government; Bolshevism believes in a dictatorship of tyrants. Americanism means equality; Bolshevism stands for class division and class ...

Google previewPublic Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S. Truman, 1951 (1999)

Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, January 1 to December 31, 1951 by United States Government Printing Office

Real Americanism means that we will protect freedom of speech — we will defend the right of people to say what they think, regardless of how much we may disagree with them. Real Americanism means freedom of religion. It means that we ...

Google previewCongressional Record (1945)

Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress

Americanism means responsibility under the law to the makers of the law; that is, to the sovereign people. Europeanism, old-world-ism recognized a ruling class that is not responsible. The King can do no wrong; that is, whatsoever the ruling ...

Google previewThe Ku Klux Klan: A Study of the American Mind (2013)

by John Mecklin

One is what may be called the humanitarian and idealistic doctrine that Americanism is a body of ideals or, if you please,

The other conception of Americanism is that of the Nativist who contends that national ideals cannot be divorced from ...

Google previewGateway (1918)

Americanism is a constructive force and Bolshevism is a destructive force. The two are not only...

Google previewThe Weimar Republic Sourcebook (1994)

by Anton Kaes, Martin Jay, Edward Dimendberg

Americanism is the new European catchword. It suffers the usual fate of catchwords: the more it is used, the less one knows what it means. It is certain that in this case the range of meanings is enormously broad, far exceeding particular minor ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (2013)

The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 were the ultimate expression of anti- Americanism in its most violent and nihilistic form. Driven by a virulent hatred of the United States for propping up authoritarian regimes across the Middle East and ...

Google previewSafire's Political Dictionary (2008)

by William Safire

Americanism A patriotic political philosophy, sometimes abused by chauvinists; also, a word or phrase peculiarly American. Theodore Roosevelt popularized “Americanism” in 1909 as “a question of principle, of purpose, ...

Google previewOur Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Catholic History (2004)

by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson

AMERICANISM 4. A tendency of thought found among some Church leaders in the United States of America in the latter decades of the nineteenth century. It proposed that Catholicism should be adapted as much as externally ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Religion and Politics (2014)

by Paul A. Djupe, Laura R. Olson

Americanism, broadly speaking, refers to the adaptation of Catholic practices to the American social and Archbishop John Ireland (Library of Congress) political context. (Americanism also refers to a set of heretical views condemned by Pope ...

Google previewOur Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia (1998)

by Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Russell B. Shaw

Americanism • A movement within the Catholic Church in the United States in the late nineteenth century which posited a unique compatibility between Catholicism and American values and advances. Led by prelates such as Archbishop ...

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This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it. (Al Capone)
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