Americanism

Definitions

  • North American Great Peacock
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Americanism a custom that is peculiar to the United States or its citizens
    • n Americanism loyalty to the United States and its institutions
    • n Americanism an expression that is characteristic of English as spoken by Americans
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Additional illustrations & photos:

American and French field artillery gun crews American and French field artillery gun crews
The veteran of the Spanish-American war The veteran of the Spanish-American war
American being taught American being taught
Americans quartered in the mediaeval monastary of Pont St. Maxence Americans quartered in the mediaeval monastary of Pont St. Maxence
The American Trained Nurse The American Trained Nurse
Americans quartered in the old abbey Americans quartered in the old abbey
White man, American. Dakota White man, American. Dakota
White man; American. Hidatsa White man; American. Hidatsa

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest hiccups on record was by an American pig farmer whose hiccups persisted from 1922 to 1987
    • Americanism A custom peculiar to the United States or to America; an American characteristic or idea.
    • Americanism A word or phrase peculiar to the United States.
    • Americanism Attachment to the United States.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Americans consumed more than twenty billion hot dogs in 2000
    • n Americanism Devotion to or preference for the United States and their institutions; preference for whatever is American in this sense; the exhibition of such preference.
    • n Americanism The condition of being a citizen of the United States.
    • n Americanism A custom, trait, or thing peculiar to America or Americans; in general, any distinctive characteristic of American life, thought, literature, etc.
    • n Americanism A word, a phrase, or an idiom of the English language which is now peculiar to or has originated in the United States.
    • n Americanism A name applied to a series of opinions at variance with the policy and practice of the Roman Catholic Church, supposed for a time to be held by some members of that church, especially in the United States, and condemned by Pope Leo XIII. in 1899 in an apostolical letter addressed to Cardinal Gibbons. The chief points were: that in order to attract those who differ from her the church should shape her teachings more in accord with the spirit of the age; that larger individual independence be allowed; that the church should relax some of her ancient severity and make concessions to new opinions; that points of teaching which are of minor importance be omitted and others toned down; that the monastic orders are out of date and their vows have no moral value; and that there should be a separation between church and state in all countries and under all conditions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every photograph of the first American atomic bomb detonation was taken by Harold Edgerton
    • n Americanism a custom, characteristic, word, phrase, or idiom peculiar to Americans: condition of being an American citizen: devotion to American institutions
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Quotations

  • John F. Kennedy
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    “Every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated. this is not the case.”
  • John Maynard Keynes
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    “Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be...”
  • Meyer London
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    “To me Americanism means an imperative duty to be nobler than the rest of the world.”
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
    Georgia O'Keeffe
    “One can not be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America and then work.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    “This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.”
  • Alexis De Tocqueville
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    “The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From America, so called unfairly from Amerigo Vespucci, a navigator who explored a small part of South America seven years after the first voyage of Columbus.

Usage

In literature:

When the American troops withdrew from the city during the Revolution, Bradford went also, to Rhinebeck on the Hudson.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Let me advance with the regulars; and Captain Lewis, with his Americans, remain behind with the baggage.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
This is consoling for me, who know the American people in the background of office-hunters.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
Not one American steamship runs to any South American port beyond the Caribbean.
"Latin America and the United States" by Elihu Root
Not Boston alone, but all America, had declared against American taxation.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
Hence more American vessels were sunk, Germany pursuing her evil way regardless of the American attitude.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
It is also unfair to about as American an American as can be found.
"Herbert Hoover" by Vernon Kellogg
Maurice Arnold's "American Plantation Dances" given by the American Symphony Orchestra, New York City.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
THE NATIONAL AMERICAN CONVENTION OF 1901.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
The sheer power of the American bodily machine, driven by the American will, is magnificent.
"The American Mind" by Bliss Perry
The National American Association contributed $1,675 to the campaign.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
THE FIRST AMERICAN REVOLUTION: THE AMERICAN COLONIES ON THE EVE OF INDEPENDENCE.
"The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783" by Virginia State Dept. of Education
In fact, we have largely neglected the South American countries as a field for the development of American commerce.
"The United States and Latin America" by John Holladay Latané
I never before saw a poor American girl.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
There are Americans and Americans, as there is criticism and criticism.
"A Frenchman in America" by Max O'Rell
He had had his favorite American beverage in more unexpected places than this.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
He had shown what an American captain and American sailors could do, even when everything was against them.
"Stories of Our Naval Heroes" by Various
On learning that Mr. Laurens, American commissioner to Holland, had been captured, Mr. Adams repaired to that kingdom.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
Talking to American girls she had found extraordinarily entertaining, but to talk to a young American officer might be even more agreeable.
"The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory" by Margaret Vandercook
The future of American democracy is the future of the American wage-earner.
"Races and Immigrants in America" by John R. Commons
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In poetry:

Young men, Americans!
You go to win the world
With zeal pro-consular
For our whole star
You partisans
Of liberty unfurled!
"Ode To Our Young Pro-Consuls Of The Air" by Allen Tate
Nascent American
Demonish, lurking among the undergrowth
Of many-stemmed machines and chimneys that smoke
like pine-trees.
"The Evening Land" by D H Lawrence
When the American come to the Mission,
Many arrive at the house of Francisca:
One,--he was fine man,--he buy the cattle
Of Jose Castro.
"In The Mission Garden" by Francis Bret Harte
Young Henry was as faithful boy
As ever stood on the American soil,
And he did enlist, without a doubt,
When the rebellion was broke out.
"Young Henry" by Julia A Moore
And so
when I picked a pen from the pocket
of a nearsighted American
sticking his red nose into my skirts
—his hair stinking of wine—
"Gioconda And Si-Ya-U" by Nazim Hikmet
Even the winged skeleton of your bleached ideal
Is not so frightening as that clean smooth
Automaton of your uprisen self,
Machine American.
"The Evening Land" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Opportunity for RNs and LPNs to work staff nurse positions at 3 area nursing homes: Syverson Lutheran Home-Eau Claire, American Lutheran Home-Mondovi, American Lutheran Home-Menomonie.
Some, like David Byrne's sly pro-American torch song "Empire," take a stab at the recent savagery of American neo-colonialism.
Young Americans use the Postal Service less than older Americans, but they also are less supportive of cutting a day of service.
Tiffany Bugos/All American SpeedwayChris Scribner drove his flashy Chevy Impala SS to runner-up and third-place finishes in Saturday night's twin Late Model main events at All American Speedway.
Settled in 1629, Marblehead , MA, is a coastal town known for its contributions to the American Revolution and Civil War, as well as for being the birthplace of the American Navy.
Watch the full documentary Margaret Mitchell : American Rebel here on the American Masters website.
The Southern authors, each of whom wrote a classic American novel, will have their lives and influence explored in two episodes of PBS's 'American Masters.'.
"Eagle Cliff, New Hampshire" Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900) 1851 Oil on canvas Gift of Martha C Karolik for the M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815-1865 Photograph (c) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
AMERICAN CULTURE, AMERICAN TASTES Social Change and the 20th Century.
The Unmooring of American Military Power, and it is an anthropologically useful document of the new American disaffection with American force.
"What I really loved was the American take on millinery , more than the Parisian take on millinery ," he says, "because it always combined that French chic but with American razzmatazz.
Only the third Mexican-American woman to earn a doctorate in science from an American university, Ms Villa-Komaroff has led or been part of teams that have made some revolutionary breakthroughs in molecular biology .
North American Development Survey 2012 v.2: Over Half of North American Software Developers are Moonlighting .
The American Board of Orthodontics recently selected Dr Reed Mockaitis to exhibit three of his orthodontic treatments at the 2013 American Association of Orthodontics Annual Session.
In Friday's Wall Street Journal, Janet Murguía had an ostensibly sensible enough op-ed, "Hispanic Values Are American Values" — arguing that Americans wrongly see "Latinos" as "foreigners," "aliens," and "others.
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In science:

It can even help us understand the diversity of life that has evolved on earth” (Callahan, Website). 1.1.4.2 Jane Jacobs: The Death and Life of Great American Cities Author Jane Jacobs has written a number of books that look at Complex Systems from a sociological and analytical perspective.
Complex Systems
Ning Wu, ”Quantum Gauge Theory of Gravity”, talk given at Meeting of the Devision of Particles and Fields of American Physical Society at the College of William & Mery(DPF2002), May 24-28, 2002, Williamsburg, Virgia, USA.
Problems on Foundations of General Relativity
Orthogonal Polynomials, volume 23 of American Mathematical Society, Colloquium Publications.
Products and Ratios of Characteristic Polynomials of Random Hermitian Matrices
American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 1992. A global shape from local interaction, Translated from the Russian by the authors.
Random Surfaces
American Mathematical Society, Providence, R. I., 1973.
Counting sets with small sumset, and the clique number of random Cayley graphs
Karatzas (1988) On the princing of American options, Appli.
Stopping games in continuous time
The author is partially supported by the American Institute of Mathematics and by the National Science Foundation.
Degree 1 elements of the Selberg class
Loring, Lifting Solutions to Perturbing Problems in C*-Algebras , Fields Institute Monographs no. 8, American Mathematical Society, Providence RI, 1997. T.
Crossed products by finite cyclic group actions with the tracial Rokhlin property
To finish, we would like to point out that the present status of the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence could well be described by the popular american protest-song from the sixties that we transcribe next.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
Michor, The convenient setting of global analysis, Mathematical Surveys and Monographs, vol. 53, American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 1997.
Manifold structures for sets of solutions of the general relativistic constraint equations
Nikolski, Operators, Functions and Systems: An Easy Reading Volume I: Hardy, Hankel, and Toeplitz,(American Mathematical Society, Providence, 2002).
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
The missions DIVA (R ¨oser et al. 1997) and FAME (Horner et al. 1998) are both cancelled, but the new satellite mission AMEX is a joint American-German merger of them.
Formalism and quality of a proper motion link with extragalactic objects for astrometric satellite missions
Bramson, Convergence of Solutions of the Kolmogorov Equation to Travelling Waves (American Mathematical Society, Providence, R. I., 1983). 41. W. van Saarloos, Phys.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
The γ -ray bursts made their scientific appearance at the 1974 Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics when they had just been declassified by American militaries, and were introduced to the community by Malvin Ruderman.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: their Sources
Keisler, Model Theory, Studies in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics, Vol 73, (American Elsevier Publishing Co.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
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