an ostentatiously emotional display of patriotism or factionalism.

Origin of flag-waving

First recorded in 1890–95
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Related Words for flag-waving

loyalty, nationalism, allegiance, chauvinism, flag-waving

Examples from the Web for flag-waving

Contemporary Examples of flag-waving

Historical Examples of flag-waving

  • Both were so eager to be abroad in the battle that they did not miss the flag-waving.

  • His eyes kept straying to the rioting, flag-waving grand-stands.


    Dorothy Canfield

British Dictionary definitions for flag-waving



  1. an emotional appeal or display intended to arouse patriotic or nationalistic feeling
  2. (as modifier)a flag-waving speech
Derived Formsflag-waver, noun
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