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The policy or principles of Joseph Chamberlain, especially with regard to South Africa.
The policy or principles of Neville Chamberlain, especially with regard to the appeasement of Nazi Germany and the Munich Agreement of 1938.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Ipswich Journal. From the name of Joseph Chamberlain, British politician + -ism<br>1930s. From the name of (Arthur) Neville Chamberlain, British politician and Prime Minister, who pursued a policy of appeasement towards Nazi Germany + -ism.
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