Definition of nationalism in English:



mass noun
  • 1Patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts.

    ‘an early consciousness of nationalism and pride’
    • ‘From the 1980s on, it gradually became an issue of nationalism and patriotic sentiment.’
    • ‘Pride and nationalism are strong motivators that need to be managed diplomatically.’
    • ‘Hold an enormous global competition every four years, encouraging rampant nationalism and sporting pride.’
    • ‘Playing with a sense of loyalty, commitment, nationalism and pride.’
    • ‘These authors have contributed to a growing Andean nationalism and pride.’
    • ‘He intends to instill a sense of nationalism and pride in grooming young players for future representation.’
    • ‘Is that a core value for you, that idea of nationalism and national identity?’
    • ‘And yet a social principle that goes beyond nationalism raises itself again and again.’
    • ‘One view of white nationalism is that whites are allowed to display ethnic pride, like any other ethnicity.’
    • ‘However, I also argue in detail that it has existed, and could only have come into existence, during the modern era of romantic nationalisms and nation-states.’
    • ‘We have failed to instil in our people a sense of nationalism, of pride in belonging here.’
    • ‘Chinese nationalism and its self-centered pride can be compared to that of Germany.’
    • ‘Is there an effort to whip up nationalism to divert attention from the social problems, poverty, unemployment?’
    • ‘Cultural nationalism is still a powerful force to be reckoned with.’
    • ‘First, nationalism does provide a principle of legitimacy that underpins the modern state system.’
    • ‘And this is the time of the World Cup games when nationalism via sport is given pride of place before all else.’
    patriotism, patriotic sentiment, allegiance to one's country, loyalty to one's country, loyalism, nationality
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    1. 1.1 An extreme form of patriotism marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries.
      ‘playing with right-wing nationalism’
      • ‘The link between continental nationalism and the Scottish variety has long been a highly sensitive point for the SNP.’
      • ‘Hindutva (extreme Hindu nationalism) cannot survive without a real or imagined enemy.’
      • ‘Like many postcolonial nationalisms, Irish nationalism effectively fused traditional culture with this modern sense of equality.’
      • ‘Zionism was influenced by, and has many similarities with, other contemporary European nationalisms.’
      • ‘That then leaves the xenophobic shadow that dogs nationalism as the key issue to be addressed.’
      • ‘This mytho-historiography expresses itself in nationalism as a religious principle.’
      • ‘It is a day which recalls where jingoism and nationalism can lead when placed in the wrong hands.’
      • ‘And unless British, French and German politicians start to be honest, the EU will implode into fractious and competing nationalisms that have always lain under the surface of European rhetoric.’
      • ‘It also is a part of the strategy of religious nationalisms which characterize the nation as a religiously defined ethno-cultural people.’
      • ‘The movement's patriotic rhetoric often inclines into aggressive nationalism.’
      • ‘The mass media promote racism and nationalism in an effort to divide us and blind us from the real problems of society.’
      • ‘Attempts at Germanization and Russification only fired up Polish nationalism - or indeed nationalisms.’
      • ‘In recent times we have seen how the name of religion can be used to justify a vicious form of chauvinistic nationalism and even terrorism.’
      • ‘That undoubtedly is what we may conclude from the rise of extreme right ideologies and nationalisms of all kinds.’
      • ‘State-Zionism, like Bolshevism, Nazism, and absolute nationalisms in general, is an ideology that in its logical conclusion places its advocates outside the realm of reconciliation.’
      • ‘Without intending to diminish the absurdity of such view or their genocidal implications, it must be mentioned that extremist nationalisms tend to flourish together.’
    2. 1.2 Advocacy of political independence for a particular country.
      ‘Scottish nationalism’
      • ‘When a country becomes independent, there are various symbols of nationalism that countries like to have.’
      • ‘Indonesia now is again run by politicians favoring secular nationalism, with Christians regaining influence.’
      • ‘This helps explain the persistence and even strengthening of cultural nationalism after political independence.’
      • ‘The Bible became a political manifesto of English nationalism and the liberation of the masses from church tyranny.’
      • ‘Above all Irish political nationalism demanded a state wherein for good or ill the people decide their own destiny.’
      • ‘They were created with the aim of appeasing Indian nationalism and preventing India's eventual independence.’
      • ‘Much has been said about nationalism; independence forces one to confront what it means to be ‘Bermudian’.’
      • ‘The popular conception of nations and nationalisms is that they are fairly recent phenomena, arising around the time of the French Revolution or after.’
      • ‘Symbols of nationalism are linked centrally to independence.’
      • ‘Those who were pleased with the collapse were not people who thought much about political liberty but people whose major concern was nationalism.’
      • ‘An important consequence of the 1967 war was revival of Palestinian Arab nationalism.’
      • ‘He rejected nationalism and instead advocated a state which based its legitimacy on Islam and implemented sharia.’
      • ‘Seen in this light, contemporary Taiwanese nationalism belongs to a political family with a well-established ancestry.’
      • ‘Serb nationalism was, for Milosevic, a matter of political strategy alone.’
      • ‘By nationalism we mean the political ideology that locates the right of self-government in a people who share a common culture.’
      • ‘In the process, they dropped the main demand of Irish nationalism that Northern Ireland be recognised as an integral part of the Irish state.’