A dictionary of Spanish history and culture
abertzale A Basque word coined in the 19th century by dodgy nationalist Sabino Arana to mean `patriotic’ or `patriot’. It comes from the fusion of “aberri(a)” (“fatherland”) with the suffix “-(t)zale” (someone who loves, is a friend of, has affection towards, or dedicates him- or herself to something).
Today the word is used to mean `Basque nationalist’ in the broad sense within Euskadi and the militant followers of the banned Batasuna in the rest of
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