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principles or adherence to them.
(initial capital letter) the principles or policy of the Republican Party.
Contemporary Examples

Vermont is one of the last bastions of liberal republicanism in the country.
Firewall Fail: As Super Tuesday Nears, No End in Sight to GOP Primary Fight Ben Jacobs February 27, 2012

You don’t say to a Democrat they’ll see the light later on and convert to republicanism.
Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories Harry Siegel February 26, 2013

A new poll shows how the wingnut fringe is morphing into rank-and-file republicanism.
The Scary, Growing GOP Fringe John Avlon February 2, 2010

Maine is possibly the last stronghold of traditional liberal northeastern republicanism, with two pro-choice Republican Senators.
After South Carolina: the Road Ahead Gets Tougher for Newt Gingrich Ben Jacobs January 21, 2012

By standing in front of Gingrich, Boehner and the Young Guns hope they will be associated with a golden age of republicanism.
The GOP’s Fat Elvis John Batchelor September 16, 2010

Historical Examples

The people were dissatisfied with the Confederation, not with republicanism.
The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858 Various

They were the rendezvous of all that was most advanced and extravagant in republicanism.
Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever

My reading was less p. 11one-sided than my politics, and my republicanism was tempered by an unwavering worship of “Lothair.”
The Fall of Prince Florestan of Monaco Charles Wentworth Dilke

Truly, mademoiselle, republicanism has a right to be proud of you.
The Martins Of Cro’ Martin, Vol. II (of II) Charles James Lever

It demonstrated that the power of Spain was waning, and that the dominant power in the western world was that of republicanism.
The History of Cuba, vol. 2 Willis Fletcher Johnson

the principles or theory of republican government
support for a republic
(often capital) support for a Republican Party or for the Irish Republican Army

1680s, from republican (adj.) + -ism. In reference to the U.S. Republican Party from 1856.


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