One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The policies and practices of trade unions, particularly those concerned with protecting and furthering the rights of workers.‘the opportunity to promote unionism as a positive force in our society’
- ‘I offer a brief history of unionism, including the public outcry inspired by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.’
- ‘I had my second real taste of unionism in the logging camp.’
- ‘They face difficulties in developing models of unionism which permit adequate responses to the varied dimensions of restructuring.’
- ‘What is missing in these measures is an adequate appreciation of the changing terrain of trade unionism.’
- ‘There are indications that some sections of trade unionism are electing to make the progressive choice.’
2A policy of supporting the union of Northern Ireland with Great Britain.‘he shifted from Unionism to advocacy of a United Ireland in a matter of weeks’
- ‘He was approaching the pinnacle of a brilliant career as a spokesman for the cause of Irish Unionism.’
- ‘In Northern Ireland, Unionism continued to appeal to an explicitly Protestant identity, reinforced by the threat, real and imagined, of Catholic nationalism.’
- ‘It's a shadowy organisation that has combined Protestant fundamentalism with extreme Unionism.’
- ‘As I was growing up in Northern Ireland, I could sense the ambivalence about Unionism in a sizeable proportion of mainland Britons.’
- ‘He brought out the essential weakness of official Unionism, its demoralised passivity, its sentimental traditionalism, its dearth of ideas, its hangdog lack of creative energy.’
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