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nationhood

[ney-shuh n-hoo d]
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noun
  1. the state or quality of having status as a separate and independent nation: an African colony that achieved nationhood.
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Origin of nationhood

First recorded in 1840–50; nation + -hood
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Historical Examples

  • Nationhood is, then, essentially a psychological conception.

    The Group Mind

    William McDougall

  • If we fail to do our part nobly the whole fabric of nationhood will fall.

    The Affable Stranger

    Peter McArthur

  • The colonies have come to be nations, very jealous of their nationhood.

  • He formulated the demand for Irish nationhood with clearness and precision.

    Ireland Since Parnell

    Daniel Desmond Sheehan

  • It is also derived from the fact of nationhood, but from the achievement of nationhood at the other end of history.


Word Origin and History for nationhood

n.

1840, from nation + -hood.

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