nationalism

[ nash-uh-nl-iz-uh m, nash-nuh-liz- ]
/ ˈnæʃ ə nlˌɪz əm, ˈnæʃ nəˌlɪz- /

noun

Origin of nationalism

First recorded in 1830–40; national + -ism

Related forms

an·ti·na·tion·al·ism, nounnon·na·tion·al·ism, nounpro·na·tion·al·ism, nounsem·i·na·tion·al·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nationalism

nationalism

/ (ˈnæʃənəˌlɪzəm, ˈnæʃnə-) /

noun

a sentiment based on common cultural characteristics that binds a population and often produces a policy of national independence or separatism
loyalty or devotion to one's country; patriotism
exaggerated, passionate, or fanatical devotion to a national communitySee also chauvinism

Derived Forms

nationalist, noun, adjectivenationalistic, adjective
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Culture definitions for nationalism

nationalism


The strong belief that the interests of a particular nation-state are of primary importance. Also, the belief that a people who share a common language, history, and culture should constitute an independent nation, free of foreign domination.

Note

Nationalism is opposed to colonialism and imperialism.
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