Definition of "nationalism" []

  • Devotion to the interests or culture of one's nation. (noun)
  • The belief that nations will benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, emphasizing national rather than international goals. (noun)
  • Aspirations for national independence in a country under foreign domination. (noun)
  • A sentiment based on common cultural characteristics that binds a population and often produces a policy of national independence or separatism (noun)

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  • Loyalty or devotion to one's country; patriotism (noun)
  • Exaggerated, passionate, or fanatical devotion to a national community (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "nationalism" in a sentence
  • "And nationalism translates as “hands off our near-abroad (which are inherent parts of China anyway so really, really hands off)”."
  • "That's -- that's what I call nationalism, enlightening ..."
  • "The pride of a national group or nation is what we call nationalism."