Definition of irredentist in English:



  • 1usually as modifier A person advocating the restoration to their country of any territory formerly belonging to it.

    • ‘The Austrian authorities were quick to stamp on any suspected irredentist sympathies among the Italian population.’
    • ‘It is an imperialist, irredentist, totalitarian state that will use any means to get its way.’
    • ‘The problem with going back to war, as even the most irredentist republicans admit, is that defeat is the likeliest result.’
    • ‘An irredentist nationalist, he effectively urged the entry of Italy into the First World War on the side of the Allies, and himself took part in spectacular exploits by sea and air.’
    • ‘Would you rather be party to a bit of irredentist nationalism?’
    • ‘He spoke about the flat in the same tones as an irredentist might speak about some ancient and painful territorial claim.’
    • ‘That irredentist attitude has not been weakened one whit by the agreement.’
    • ‘How do you push the country down the road of market democracy while curbing its irredentist impulses?’
    • ‘Would they accept that kind of statehood as the end of the conflict, or would the new state sponsor an irredentist politics and secretly collude in an ongoing terrorist war?’
    • ‘The irredentist ideology was eventually exacerbated by the fascist regime, which used it as an ideological mask for its expansionist policy.’
    • ‘Only recently they appointed one of the country's most right-wing, most irredentist, politicians as their new political leader.’
    • ‘They could have become a radicalized, embittered minority, trapped in refugee camps and angrily irredentist.’
    • ‘The idea of war appealed to both democratic and nationalist irredentists alike.’
    • ‘It threatened multicultural states with dismemberment, whether by secession or irredentist demands.’
    • ‘The church was raided once again, and irredentist slogans were written on the wall of an adjacent building.’
    • ‘Not that irredentist desires disappeared, only that fewer Frenchmen seemed willing to go to war over the issue in 1914 than in previous years.’
    • ‘Increasing criticism within the South of the old irredentist outlook and appreciation of the need to change a conservative social framework were both part of a rapprochement with Britain.’
    • ‘Politically, such action takes the form of autonomist, separatist and irredentist movements.’
    • ‘While they pursued this non-military course, local media relentlessly reported on irredentist and chauvinistic campaigns gaining momentum in neighboring republics.’
    • ‘If it encourages irredentist exiles, it could even set off armed conflict.’
    1. 1.1historical (in 19th-century Italian politics) an advocate of the return to Italy of all Italian-speaking districts subject to other countries.
      • ‘First, Italy was obliged to renounce its irredentist claims against Austria.’
      • ‘A second development was a general popular nationalist revival, which in particular brought Italian irredentist claims against Austria to the fore.’


From Italian irredentista, from (Italia) irredenta ‘unredeemed (Italy)’.