Definition of home rule in English:

home rule


mass noun
  • The government of a colony, dependent country, or region by its own citizens, in particular as advocated for Ireland 1870–1914.

    • ‘Labour decided that, because I criticised spin doctors and argued for home rule, I must be a Scottish Nationalist.’
    • ‘It has allowed states to grant local governments measures of home rule, though this will differ from state to state.’
    • ‘The 1886 riots were not simply the result of communal tension, but also the working out of conflict relating to the political issue of the day, the question of home rule for Ireland.’
    • ‘Born in Dublin in 1856, Bernard Shaw was a firm believer in home rule for Ireland.’
    • ‘For most of his life, the Scottish Labour Party was, if not actually opposed to home rule, at least highly ambivalent about it.’
    • ‘In many ways that is part of the strength of our nation, and the federal system and local home rule are valuable products of our democratic society.’
    • ‘The case for Scottish home rule was based on the idea that the nation was different.’
    • ‘The north west will be one of the first two regions to say whether it wants home rule.’
    • ‘In 1913 he joined the Irish Volunteers, who wanted home rule for Ireland.’
    • ‘Scottish home rule was a triumph of participatory democracy, but it arrived when people were losing the habit of participation.’
    • ‘The Faroe Islands and Greenland were granted home rule by Denmark in 1947 and 1979 respectively.’
    • ‘In 1887 a series of protests over unemployment and home rule for Ireland - an important issue given the large number of Irish immigrants - helped stoke the mood across London.’
    • ‘He made his maiden speech in Parliament in 1912 when, not surprisingly given his background, he supported the Unionists in a debate on Irish home rule.’
    • ‘The period film is set in the 1940s, when the transition from British rule to home rule starts and finally leads to independence.’
    • ‘He illustrates the detrimental effects of centralized power and the lack of home rule on the ability of local governments to make decisions and provide services.’
    • ‘Many Scottish voters feel that they have the amount of home rule they want, with most areas of domestic policy being controlled in Edinburgh.’
    • ‘A form of home rule followed, though Congress still has unique rights in bossing the place about.’
    • ‘In the 1980s and early 1990s he held a unique position in Scotland's political life, a talismanic figure in the campaign for home rule.’
    • ‘On the contrary, two years of home rule have given Scotland's rural and coastal communities unprecedented attention and political clout.’
    • ‘He was 16 when Gandhi started his nationalist movement for home rule.’
    independence, self-government, self-determination, self-legislation, self rule, sovereignty, autonomy, autarky, democracy
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The campaign for Irish home rule was one of the dominant forces in British politics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly in that Irish nationalists frequently held the balance of power in the House of Commons. A Home Rule Act was finally passed in 1914 but was suspended until after the First World War; after the Easter Rising of 1916 and Sinn Fein's successes in the general election of 1918, southern Ireland became the Irish Free State in 1922


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