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See gentile, and compare French gentilisme.


gentilism (countable and uncountable, plural gentilisms)

  1. heathenism; paganism; the worship of false gods
  2. tribal feeling; devotion to one's gens

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for gentilism in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)