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Princeton's WordNet

  1. patriot, nationalistnoun

    one who loves and defends his or her country

  2. nationalistadjective

    an advocate of national independence of or a strong national government

  3. nationalist, nationalisticadjective

    devotion to the interests or culture of a particular nation including promoting the interests of one country over those of others

    "nationalist aspirations"; "minor nationalistic differences"


  1. nationalistnoun

    One who advocates nationalism, in any sense.

  2. nationalistnoun

    One who advocates national unity and independence; -- as, for example, one of a party favoring Irish independence before 1918.


  1. nationalistnoun

    An advocate of nationalism.

  2. nationalistadjective

    Of or relating to nationalism.


  1. nationalist

    Nationalism is an idea and movement that holds that the nation should be congruent with the state. As a movement, it tends to promote 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 to create a nation-state. It 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. It further aims to build and maintain a single national identity, based on a combination of shared social characteristics such as culture, ethnicity, geographic location, language, politics (or the government), religion, traditions 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. There are various definitions of a "nation", which leads to different types of nationalism. The two main divergent forms are ethnic nationalism and civic nationalism. Nationalism developed at the end of the 18th century, particularly with the French Revolution and the spread of the principle of popular sovereignty (the idea that "the people" should rule). Three main theories have been used to explain its emergence. Primordialism (perennialism) developed alongside nationalism during the romantic era and held that there have always been nations. This view has since been rejected by scholars, and nations are now viewed as socially constructed and historically contingent. Modernization theory, currently the most commonly accepted theory of nationalism, adopts a constructivist approach and proposes that nationalism emerged due to processes of modernization, such as industrialization, urbanization, and mass education, which made national consciousness possible. Proponents of this theory describe nations as "imagined communities" and nationalism as an "invented tradition" in which shared sentiment provides a form of collective identity and binds individuals together in political solidarity. A third theory, ethnosymbolism explains nationalism as a product of symbols, myths, and traditions, as is associated with the work of Anthony D. Smith. Additionally, the spread of nationalist movements during decolonization has led many theorists to examine the role of elites in mobilizing communities in order to maintain their power.The moral value of nationalism, the relationship between nationalism and patriotism, and the compatibility of nationalism and cosmopolitanism are all subjects of philosophical debate. Nationalism can be combined with diverse political goals and ideologies such as conservatism (national conservatism and right-wing populism) or socialism (left-wing nationalism). In practice, nationalism is seen as positive or negative depending on its ideology and outcomes. Nationalism has been a feature of movements for freedom and justice, has been associated with cultural revivals, and encourages pride in national achievements. It has also been used to legitimize racial, ethnic, and religious divisions, suppress or attack minorities, and undermine human rights and democratic traditions. Radical nationalism combined with racial hatred was a key factor in the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany.


  1. nationalist

    A nationalist is an individual who strongly identifies with their own nation and rigorously supports its interests, particularly to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations. They advocate for political independence for their nation and maintain a strong sense of national pride, cultural unity, and collective identity. They also often believe in the superiority of their own nation over others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nationalistnoun

    one who advocates national unity and independence; one of a party favoring Irish independence

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nationalist' in Nouns Frequency: #2992

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nationalist in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nationalist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of nationalist in a Sentence

  1. Oleg Moskalenko:

    They are screaming at me, ‘Are you nationalist?’ I say, ‘No, I am not nationalist, but I am Ukrainian. I love my country.’ they asked me, ‘OK, guy, you are Ukrainian soldier. You are making some research here because you would like to know exact location.’ I tell them, ‘Hey guys, I am not a military guy. I am a civilian. I am driving the car. I don’t know any secret information.’ My information, my answers – it’s nothing for them.

  2. Richard Whitman:

    It's the modern nationalist paradox, on the one hand you have a desire for more autonomy, but to do that through a supranational container.

  3. Katie McHugh:

    My editors were expecting me to take white nationalist material from Stephen Miller and put it into News stories in order to boost the campaign of Donald Trump.

  4. Ku Heng-chan:

    The pro-democracy movement was fighting against the Nationalist Chinese regime (in Taipei), and they wanted to look for distinct characteristics that represented the Taiwanese identity, of course, Taiwan’s Indigenous groups gave it the most legitimacy, and so it also gave rise to subsequent Indigenous rights movements in the 1980s.

  5. Eric Naing:

    As Twitter notes, letting President Trump from its platform continue to post tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos for President Trump from its platform white nationalist supporters risks' further incitement of violence,' now it is up to Facebook and Google/YouTube to follow Twitter's lead.

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  • милләтсел, милләтсеBashkir
  • nacionalistaCatalan, Valencian
  • nacionalista, nacionalistický, národoveckýCzech
  • Nationalist, Nationalistin, nationalistischGerman
  • εθνικιστής, εθνικιστικόςGreek
  • nacionalistaSpanish
  • nationalisti, kansalliskiihkoilijaFinnish
  • nationalisteFrench
  • náisiúnach, náisiúnaíIrish
  • nàiseantachScottish Gaelic
  • राष्ट्रवादीHindi
  • ազգայնականArmenian
  • 民族主義者Japanese
  • نه‌ته‌وه‌ییKurdish
  • nasionalistik, nasionalis, nasionalisme, faham kebangsaanMalay
  • nationalistDutch
  • nacjonalista, nacjonalistycznyPolish
  • nacionalistaPortuguese
  • националистический, националистка, националистRussian
  • nationalist, nationalistiskSwedish

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