Definitions for zionismˈzaɪ əˌnɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Zi•on•ismˈzaɪ əˌnɪz əm(n.)

  1. a worldwide Jewish movement for the establishment and development of the state of Israel.

    Category: Judaism

Origin of Zionism:

1895–1900

Zi`on•is′tic(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Zionism(noun)

    a policy for establishing and developing a national homeland for Jews in Palestine

  2. Zionism, Zionist movement(noun)

    a movement of world Jewry that arose late in the 19th century with the aim of creating a Jewish state in Palestine

Wiktionary

  1. Zionism(Noun)

    The Jewish national liberation movement which proclaims that the Jewish people constitute a nation and are entitled their national homeland.

  2. Zionism(Noun)

    A mentality that the lands west of the Jordan river belong in their entirety or majority to the people of the state of Israel or the Jewish often to the exception of other previous or coordinate inhabitants.

  3. Zionism(Noun)

    A religion practiced by people all over sub-Saharan Africa and is most popular in Swaziland. The religion is a mixture of Protestantism and animism.

Freebase

  1. Zionism

    Zionism is a form of nationalism of Jews and Jewish culture that supports a Jewish nation state in the territory defined as the Land of Israel. Zionism supports Jews upholding their Jewish identity, opposes the assimilation of Jews into other societies and has advocated the return of Jews to Israel as a means for Jews to be a majority in their own nation, and to be liberated from antisemitic discrimination, exclusion, and persecution that had historically occurred in the diaspora. Zionism emerged in the late 19th century in central and eastern Europe as a national revival movement, and soon after this most leaders of the movement associated the main goal with creating the desired state in Palestine, then an area controlled by the Ottoman Empire. Since the establishment of the State of Israel, the Zionist movement continues primarily to advocate on behalf of the Jewish state and address threats to its continued existence and security. In a less common usage, the term may also refer to non-political, cultural Zionism, founded and represented most prominently by Ahad Ha'am; and political support for the State of Israel by non-Jews, as in Christian Zionism.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Zionism

    the name given a movement on the part of the Jews to re-establish themselves in Palestine as a nation.

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