nationalist

[ nash-uh-nl-ist, nash-nuh-list ]
/ ˈnæʃ ə nl ɪst, ˈnæʃ nə lɪst /

noun

a person devoted to nationalism.
(initial capital letter) a member of a political group advocating or fighting for national independence, a strong national government, etc.

adjective

Also na·tion·al·is·tic. of, relating to, or promoting nationalism: the beginnings of a nationalist movement.
(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or noting a political group advocating or fighting for national independence, a strong national government, etc.

Nearby words

  1. national unity government,
  2. national war labor board,
  3. national weather service,
  4. nationalise,
  5. nationalism,
  6. nationalist china,
  7. nationalistic,
  8. nationality,
  9. nationalization,
  10. nationalize

Origin of nationalist

First recorded in 1705–15; national + -ist

Related forms
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Word Origin and History for pro-nationalist

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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