[nash-uh-nl-ist, nash-nuh-list]
  1. Also na·tion·al·is·tic. of, relating to, or promoting nationalism: the beginnings of a nationalist movement.
  2. (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 formsna·tion·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·na·tion·al·ist, noun, adjectivean·ti·na·tion·al·is·tic, adjectivean·ti·na·tion·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·na·tion·al·is·tic, adjectivenon·na·tion·al·is·tic, adjectivenon·na·tion·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbpro·na·tion·al·ist, adjective, nounpro·na·tion·al·is·tic, adjectivequa·si-na·tion·al·is·tic, adjectivesem·i·na·tion·al·is·tic, adjectiveun·na·tion·al·is·tic, adjectiveun·na·tion·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for hyper-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