Definition of revanchism in English:



  • A policy of seeking to retaliate, especially to recover lost territory.

    • ‘The possible alternatives - fear of Russian revanchism, desire for self-defense, German enthusiasm for expansion, a wish for these countries to cement their status as stable democracies - are certainly not compelling.’
    • ‘‘For me personally, the political revanchism going on in Latvia is very painful,’ she said.’
    • ‘Now, conversely, Edie Falco does Jessie with an edgy, self-righteous revanchism, while Brenda Blethyn's earthier, more grounded Thelma bespeaks what might be presumed a likelier survivor.’
    • ‘While these members of the French peace movement confronted the same types of emotions that fueled Hugo's wrath, many turned away from the pessimism, chauvinism, and revanchism that characterized his response.’
    • ‘Though the Cold War in Latin America began as a tense negotiation between American rationalism and Latin revanchism, Grandin suggests that it ended with the US careening towards the latter.’
    • ‘As a result, the French peace movement linked revanchism to the creation of an international tribunal that would resolve the question of Alsace and Lorraine through juridical methods.’
    • ‘Nazi revanchism and expansionism led to World War II, which resulted in the destruction of Germany's political and economic infrastructures and led to its division.’
    • ‘One indication of the growing security of the Republic in the late 1880s was the decline of revanchism, particularly among French middle-class youth.’
    • ‘The novel's ultimate display of revanchism at Kwang's home emphasizes the national fantasies that would deny American identity's historical and contemporary hybridity.’
    • ‘During the Cold War, the Soviet Union constantly reminded Poland, which had absorbed much of Germany's former eastern regions, that it was the Poles' sole protection against German revanchism.’
    • ‘Thus the revanchism which was one of the chief political features of the 1920s found no sizeable supporters in post-1945 Europe.’
    • ‘The question of Alsace-Lorraine, and the spirit of revanchism to which it gave rise, placed Passy's peace group in an even more precarious position than before the war.’
    • ‘Given the climate of hatred, violence, and revanchism ubiquitous in the refugee camps, the likelihood of meeting this requirement is nil.’
    • ‘You would have thought after the last election that if there were any electoral revanchism it would come from Al Gore.’
    conservatism, ultra-conservatism, the right, the right wing, the extreme right
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1950s: from French revanche (see revanche) + -ism. The form revanchist dates from the 1920s.