Definition of pan-Germanism in US English:



  • The idea or principle of a political unification of all Europeans speaking German or a Germanic language.

    • ‘Its basic themes were German racial superiority, virulent anti-Semitism, the concept of Lebensraum, or living space, pan-Germanism and the necessity of yet another war.’
    • ‘Hitler learned his anti-Semitism in Austria where he developed his ideas of pan-Germanism, Lebensraum and the master race.’
    • ‘The German clubs in the cities fostered the pan-Germanism encouraged by the Empire, and the German-language press promoted pride in Imperial Germany and its culture.’