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federalism Tweet Definition of federalism Like Definition of federalism on Facebook
noun
  1. A system of national government in which power is divided between a central authority and a number of regions with delimited self-governing authority.
  2. advocacy, Advocacy of such a system.
fire-eater Tweet Definition of fire-eater Like Definition of fire-eater on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, fire eater)
  1. a performer who pretends to swallow fire
  2. (figurative) a quarrelsome or belligerent person
Flag Day Tweet Definition of Flag Day Like Definition of Flag Day on Facebook
proper nounflag, Flag day, Day
  1. June 14th, commemorating the adoption of the US flag in 1777
  2. a similar commemoration in some other countries
Fountain of Youth Tweet Definition of Fountain of Youth Like Definition of Fountain of Youth on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (mythology) Legendary spring of water with magical properties to restore youth and health to those who drink from it.
Fourth of July Tweet Definition of Fourth of July Like Definition of Fourth of July on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Independence Day, a national holiday celebrated on the fourth day in July to mark the anniversary of the signing of the w:Declaration of Independence, Declaration of Independence from England.
  2. An alcoholic shot containing one part grenadine syrup, one part vodka, and one part curaí§ao.
free state Tweet Definition of free state Like Definition of free state on Facebook
noun
  1. A political entity whose political status is less than that of a fully sovereign nation-state, as with the former Congo Free State and the former Irish Free State.
  2. A Federal state, with allegiance to a larger entity, as currently with Germany, and earlier, the relationship between the states of the Holy Roman Empire and the Emperor, and later, the states of the German Empire under the Hohenzollerns.
  3. An independent or autonomous political entity whose formal status and relationship to other states is undefined.
  4. An approximate synonym for republic or commonwealth, as with the former Orange Free State, and especially as used for the current United Kingdom to refer to the Commonwealth period under w:Oliver Cromwell, Cromwell.

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