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Americanism (countable and uncountable, plural Americanisms)

  1. A custom peculiar to the United States or the Americans.
  2. A word, phrase or linguistic feature originating from or specific to American English usage.
    • 1908, Baroness Orczy, The Old Man in the Corner:
      Mrs. Morton was well known for her Americanisms, her swagger dinner parties, and beautiful Paris gowns.
    • 2013 May 13, Steven Poole, “Americanisms are often closer to home than we imagine”, in The Guardian[1]:
      A lot of other supposed Americanisms aren't Americanisms either. It's sometimes thought that "transportation" instead of the good old "transport" is an example of that annoying US habit of bolting on needless extra syllables to perfectly good words, but "transportation" is used in British English from 1540.
  3. A preference for the United States and the ideas it represents.
    • 2016 July 22, Aaron Blake, “Donald Trump’s strategy in three words: ‘Americanism, not globalism’”, in Washington Post[2]:
      "The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponent is that our plan will put America first," Trump said. "Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo."
  4. (Roman Catholicism) A putative current of Catholicism in the United States identified and condemned as heretical by Rome in the late 19th century, chiefly characterized by support for secularism and American institutions above Catholic doctrine.
    • 1999, Michael W. Cuneo, The Smoke of Satan: Conservative and Traditionalist Dissent in Contemporary American Catholicism, →ISBN, page 8:
      Moreover, the enthusiasm with which Hecker’s ideas had been received among Catholic liberals in France served to increase Leo XIII’s suspicion that Americanism was yet another attempt, not so very different from the Gallicanisms of the past, to assert the independence of a national church from Rome.



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