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nationalist

[nash-uh-nl-ist, nash-nuh-list]
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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.
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adjective
  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.
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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
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Related Words

loyal, nationalistic, dedicated, dutiful, faithful, fervid, zealous, chauvinistic, jingoistic, statesmanlike

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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.

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  • 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.

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


Word Origin and History for nationalistic

nationalist

n.

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

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