Definition of revanchism in US English:



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

    • ‘‘For me personally, the political revanchism going on in Latvia is very painful,’ she said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You would have thought after the last election that if there were any electoral revanchism it would come from Al Gore.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
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1950s: from French revanche, ‘revenge’ + -ism.