MEANING: noun: One advocating the restoration of territory that earlier belonged to one’s country.

ETYMOLOGY: During the late 1800s and early 1900s in Italy, an irredentist was someone who advocated for restoration of Italian-speaking districts in other countries to Italy. The word is from Italian irredentista, from the phrase Italia irredenta (unredeemed Italy), from Latin redimere (to redeem). Earliest documented use: 1882.

SIR RE-DENTIST - knight whose trademark is to make yet another ding in your armor

IRKED ENT-IST - got your otorhinolaryngologist annoyed at you

IRREPENTIST - one with no qualms whatsoever