What does nationalism mean?

Definitions for nationalism
ˈnæʃ ə nlˌɪz əm, ˈnæʃ nəˌlɪz-na·tion·al·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. patriotism, nationalismnoun

    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. nationalismnoun

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

  3. nationalismnoun

    the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination

  4. nationalismnoun

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

GCIDE

  1. Nationalismnoun

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

  2. Nationalismnoun

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

  3. Nationalismnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. nationalismnoun

    The idea of supporting one's country and culture.

  2. nationalismnoun

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

  3. nationalismnoun

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

  4. nationalismnoun

    patriotism.

Wikipedia

  1. Nationalism

    Nationalism is an ideology and movement that promotes the interests of a particular nation (as in a group of people) especially with the aim of gaining and maintaining the nation's sovereignty (self-governance) over its homeland. Nationalism holds that each nation should govern itself, free from outside interference (self-determination), that a nation is a natural and ideal basis for a polity, and that the nation is the only rightful source of political power (popular sovereignty). It further aims to build and maintain a single national identity—based on shared social characteristics such as culture, language, religion, politics, and belief in a shared singular history—and to promote national unity or solidarity. Nationalism, therefore, seeks to preserve and foster a nation's traditional culture, and cultural revivals have been associated with nationalist movements. It also encourages pride in national achievements, and is closely linked to patriotism. Nationalism is often combined with other ideologies, such as conservatism (national conservatism) or socialism (socialist nationalism) for example.Throughout history, people have had an attachment to their kin group and traditions, to territorial authorities and to their homeland, but nationalism did not become a widely-recognized concept until the 18th century. There are three paradigms for understanding the origins and basis of nationalism. Primordialism (perennialism) proposes that there have always been nations and that nationalism is a natural phenomenon. Ethnosymbolism explains nationalism as a dynamic, evolutionary phenomenon and stresses the importance of symbols, myths and traditions in the development of nations and nationalism. Modernism proposes that nationalism is a recent social phenomenon that needs the socio-economic structures of modern society to exist.There are various definitions of a "nation", however, which leads to different strands of nationalism. Ethnic nationalism defines the nation in terms of shared ethnicity, heritage and culture, while civic nationalism defines the nation in terms of shared citizenship, values and institutions, and is linked to constitutional patriotism. The adoption of national identity in terms of historical development has often been a response by influential groups unsatisfied with traditional identities due to mismatch between their defined social order and the experience of that social order by its members, resulting in an anomie that nationalists seek to resolve. This anomie results in a society reinterpreting identity, retaining elements deemed acceptable and removing elements deemed unacceptable, 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.National symbols and flags, national anthems, national languages, national myths and other symbols of national identity are highly important in nationalism.In practice, nationalism can be seen as positive or negative depending on context and individual outlook. Nationalism has been an important driver in independence movements, such as the Greek Revolution, the Irish Revolution, the Zionist movement that created modern Israel, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Conversely, radical nationalism combined with racial hatred was also a key factor in the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany. More recently, nationalism was an important driver of the controversial annexation of Crimea by Russia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nationalismnoun

    the state of being national; national attachment; nationality

  2. Nationalismnoun

    an idiom, trait, or character peculiar to any nation

  3. Nationalismnoun

    national independence; the principles of the Nationalists

Freebase

  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.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. antimonials

  2. laminations

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Numerology

  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

Examples of nationalism in a Sentence

  1. Adolf Hitler:

    This means that a people cannot be made “national” according to the signification attached to that word by our bourgeois class today - that is to say, nationalism with many reservations- but national in the vehement and extreme sense.

  2. Narendra Modi:

    The watchman has become a symbol of the country's nationalism.

  3. Aaron David Miller:

    It’s a perfect storm of isolationism, muscular nationalism, with a dash of pragmatism and realism.

  4. Daniel Mark:

    Religious nationalism is on the rise.

  5. Kate Saunders:

    It's much easier to enforce administrative control over settled communities than over nomads in the grasslands, and also the Chinese authorities have aligned the policy with specific political objectives of eliminating separatism and eliminating expressions of Tibetan nationalism.

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