Irredenta (ear-re-den-tah)

Definition An irredenta is a territory historically or ethnically related to one political unit but under the political control of another.

Origin Italian; from Italia irredenta, the literal translation of which is “unredeemed Italy.”

Example Writing about Northern Ireland in the Dec. 18, 1985 edition of the New York Times, Geoffrey Wheatcroft said, “The rhetoric of the struggle says that the six counties of Northern Ireland are an irredenta, an unredeemed national territory that the rest of Ireland desperately wants back.”