What does nationalism mean?

Definitions for nationalismˈnæʃ ə nlˌɪz əm, ˈnæʃ nəˌlɪz-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. patriotism, nationalism(noun)

    love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it

    "they rode the same wave of popular patriotism"; "British nationalism was in the air and patriotic sentiments ran high"

  2. nationalism(noun)

    the doctrine that your national culture and interests are superior to any other

  3. nationalism(noun)

    the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination

  4. nationalism(noun)

    the doctrine that nations should act independently (rather than collectively) to attain their goals


  1. Nationalism(n.)

    A devotion to one's country; patriotism; especially. an exaggerated or excessive form of patriotism; chauvinism.

  2. Nationalism(n.)

    The policy of advocating the independence of one's country.

  3. Nationalism(n.)

    The policy of advocating the interests of one's own country exclusively, regardless of effects of a country's actions on other countries.


  1. nationalism(Noun)

    The idea of supporting one's country and culture.

  2. nationalism(Noun)

    Supporting a national identity when it does not exist as a sovereign nation, for example, Basque nationalism, Kurdish nationalism.

  3. nationalism(Noun)

    jingoism. The support of one nation's interests to the exclusion of others.

  4. nationalism(Noun)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Nationalism(noun)

    the state of being national; national attachment; nationality

  2. Nationalism(noun)

    an idiom, trait, or character peculiar to any nation

  3. Nationalism(noun)

    national independence; the principles of the Nationalists


  1. Nationalism

    Nationalism is a socially constructed belief, creed or political ideology that involves a strong identification of a group of individuals with a nation. Two major perspectives on the origins and basis of nationalism, one is the primordialist perspective that describes nationalism as a reflection of the ancient and perceived evolutionary tendency of humans to organize into distinct groupings based on an affinity of birth; the other is the modernist perspective that describes nationalism as a recent phenomenon that requires the structural conditions of modern society in order to exist. A third perspective that subordinates all others under a Constitutional Republic regardless of birth or belief is unique to the United States of America. There are various definitions for what constitutes a nation, however, which leads to several different strands of nationalism. It can be a belief that citizenship in a state should be limited to one ethnic, cultural, religious, or identity group, or that multinationality in a single state should necessarily comprise the right to express and exercise national identity even by minorities. The adoption of national identity in terms of historical development has commonly been the result of a response by influential groups unsatisfied with traditional identities due to inconsistency between their defined social order and the experience of that social order by its members, resulting in a situation of anomie that nationalists seek to resolve. This anomie results in a society or societies reinterpreting identity, retaining elements that are deemed acceptable and removing elements deemed unacceptable, in order to create a unified community. This development may be the result of internal structural issues or the result of resentment by an existing group or groups towards other communities, especially foreign powers that are or are deemed to be controlling them. However the founding definition of any nation is a border, a language, and a culture, elements which are essential for the common good.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nationalism' in Nouns Frequency: #2982

Anagrams for nationalism »

  1. antimonials, laminations


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nationalism in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nationalism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Daniel Mark:

    Religious nationalism is on the rise.

  2. Akram Al Deek:

    There is a very thin line between nationalism and racism.

  3. Albert Einstein:

    Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.

  4. Jim Murphy:

    Our streets don't belong to nationalism, they belong to the people.

  5. Angela Merkel:

    We are seeing nationalism, populism and in a lot of countries a polarized atmosphere.

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