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nationalist

[nash-uh-nl-ist, nash-nuh-list] /ˈnæʃ ə nl ɪst, ˈnæʃ nə lɪst/
noun
1.
a person devoted to nationalism.
2.
(initial capital letter) a member of a political group advocating or fighting for national independence, a strong national government, etc.
adjective
3.
Also, nationalistic. of, relating to, or promoting nationalism:
the beginnings of a nationalist movement.
4.
(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or noting a political group advocating or fighting for national independence, a strong national government, etc.
Origin of nationalist
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15; national + -ist
Related forms
nationalistically, adverb
antinationalist, noun, adjective
antinationalistic, adjective
antinationalistically, adverb
hypernationalistic, adjective
nonnationalistic, adjective
nonnationalistically, adverb
pronationalist, adjective, noun
pronationalistic, adjective
quasi-nationalistic, adjective
seminationalistic, adjective
unnationalistic, adjective
unnationalistically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for nationalist
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  • A nationalist over the way was about to extend the buildings you see there.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Other nationalist members dare not appear in nationalist quarters.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • These people have votes, and to a man support the nationalist party.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • This pronouncement embodies the sentiments of every nationalist Irishman.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • According to a Ballina nationalist this is where the "shock" will come in.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Word Origin and History for nationalist
n.

"one devoted to his nation," 1715, from national in a now obsolete sense of "patriotic" (1711) + -ist. Related: Nationalistic; nationalistically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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