noun Date: 1854 1. capitalized K&N the principles and policies of the Know-Nothings 2. the condition of knowing nothing or desiring to know nothing or the conviction that nothing can be known with certainty especially in religion or morality 3. often capitalized K&N a mid-20th century political attitude characterized by anti-intellectualism, exaggerated patriotism, and fear of foreign subversive influences

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  • Know-nothingism — Know noth ing*ism, n. The doctrines, principles, or practices, of the Know nothings. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • know-nothingism — ŋˌizəm noun ( s) 1. usually capitalized K&N : the principles and policies of the 19th century Know Nothings 2. : the fact or condition of knowing nothing or of desiring to know nothing or the conviction that nothing can be known with certitude… …   Useful english dictionary

  • know-nothingism — know noth·ing·ism …   English syllables

  • know-nothingism — See know nothing. * * * …   Universalium

  • know-nothingism — principles or practices of the secret American political group the Know nothings …   English contemporary dictionary

  • know-nothing — know nothingism, n. /noh nuth ing/, n. 1. an ignorant or totally uninformed person; ignoramus. 2. an agnostic. 3. (caps.) U.S. Hist. a member of a political party (American party or Know Nothing party) prominent from 1853 to 1856, whose aim was… …   Universalium

  • Know Nothing — American Party Citizen Know Nothing The Know Nothing Party s nativist ideal Founded 1845 ( …   Wikipedia

  • know-nothing — I. ˈnōˌnəthiŋ, thēŋ adjective 1. : extremely ignorant a know nothing blunderer 2. often capitalized K&N : of, relating to, or characterized by know nothingism the Know Nothing party … proposed the political proscription of Roman Catholics… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Know Nothing — Ciudadano Know Nothing, imagen del ideal del partido. El movimiento Know Nothing (lit. Saber nada ) fue un movimiento político estadounidense predominantemente nativista de las décadas de 1840 y 1850. Surgió inspirado por el temor hacia los… …   Wikipedia Español

  • know-nothing — noun 1》 an ignorant person. 2》 (Know Nothing) a member of a 19th century US political party which was antagonistic towards immigrants, and whose members denied its existence. Derivatives know nothingism noun …   English new terms dictionary

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