Definition: Nativism is an irrational prejudice against immigrants, and in favor of the native-born members of a particular culture. It is often associated with racism in that the targets of nativism typically belong to a different ethnic group than the perpetrators.

Also Known As: Xenophobia is often considered a synonym for nativism, but it's more of a motivation than a synonym. Xenophobia is to nativism what homophobia is to heterosexism.

Common Misspellings: nativeism