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[nash-uh-nl-ist, nash-nuh-list] /ˈnæʃ ə nl ɪst, ˈnæʃ nə lɪst/
a person devoted to nationalism.
(initial capital letter) a member of a political group advocating or fighting for national independence, a strong national government, etc.
Also, nationalistic. of, relating to, or promoting nationalism:
the beginnings of a nationalist movement.
(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
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was patriotic, nationalistic, and conservative, rather than strictly religious.

  • But it is conceivable that this may be done without a resort to nationalistic socialism.

    The Arena Various
  • The effect of this work upon the nationalistic feeling was very great.

  • Let us look at a few of the native incongruities and logical fallacies of this nationalistic position.

    Principles of Political Economy

    Arthur Latham Perry
  • This, together with their nationalistic training and education, renders the assimilation of the Japanese exceedingly difficult.

Word Origin and History for nationalistic



"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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