Definition of nationalism in English:


Line breaks: na¦tion¦al|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈnaʃ(ə)n(ə)lɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
  • 1Patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts: an early consciousness of nationalism and pride
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    • Playing with a sense of loyalty, commitment, nationalism and pride.
    • He intends to instill a sense of nationalism and pride in grooming young players for future representation.
    • We have failed to instil in our people a sense of nationalism, of pride in belonging here.
    patriotism, patriotic sentiment, allegiance/loyalty to one's country, loyalism, nationality; xenophobia, chauvinism, jingoism, flag-waving, isolationism; ethnocentrism, ethnocentricity
  • 1.1An extreme form of patriotism marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries: playing with right-wing nationalism
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    • That undoubtedly is what we may conclude from the rise of extreme right ideologies and nationalisms of all kinds.
    • Without intending to diminish the absurdity of such view or their genocidal implications, it must be mentioned that extremist nationalisms tend to flourish together.
    • Zionism was influenced by, and has many similarities with, other contemporary European nationalisms.
  • 1.2Advocacy of political independence for a particular country: Scottish nationalism
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    • This helps explain the persistence and even strengthening of cultural nationalism after political independence.
    • Much has been said about nationalism; independence forces one to confront what it means to be ‘Bermudian’.
    • Indonesia now is again run by politicians favoring secular nationalism, with Christians regaining influence.

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