Definition of nationalism in English:



mass noun
  • 1Identification with one's own nation and support for its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.

    ‘their nationalism is tempered by a desire to join the European Union’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hindutva (extreme Hindu nationalism) cannot survive without a real or imagined enemy.’
    • ‘Without intending to diminish the absurdity of such view or their genocidal implications, it must be mentioned that extremist nationalisms tend to flourish together.’
    • ‘It is a day which recalls where jingoism and nationalism can lead when placed in the wrong hands.’
    • ‘Zionism was influenced by, and has many similarities with, other contemporary European nationalisms.’
    • ‘The movement's patriotic rhetoric often inclines into aggressive nationalism.’
    • ‘Like many postcolonial nationalisms, Irish nationalism effectively fused traditional culture with this modern sense of equality.’
    • ‘Attempts at Germanization and Russification only fired up Polish nationalism - or indeed nationalisms.’
    • ‘This mytho-historiography expresses itself in nationalism as a religious principle.’
    • ‘That then leaves the xenophobic shadow that dogs nationalism as the key issue to be addressed.’
    • ‘The link between continental nationalism and the Scottish variety has long been a highly sensitive point for the SNP.’
    • ‘It also is a part of the strategy of religious nationalisms which characterize the nation as a religiously defined ethno-cultural people.’
    • ‘The mass media promote racism and nationalism in an effort to divide us and blind us from the real problems of society.’
    1. 1.1 Advocacy of or support for the political independence of a particular nation or people.
      ‘Scottish nationalism’
      • ‘Those who were pleased with the collapse were not people who thought much about political liberty but people whose major concern was nationalism.’
      • ‘When a country becomes independent, there are various symbols of nationalism that countries like to have.’
      • ‘Much has been said about nationalism; independence forces one to confront what it means to be ‘Bermudian’.’
      • ‘Symbols of nationalism are linked centrally to independence.’
      • ‘He rejected nationalism and instead advocated a state which based its legitimacy on Islam and implemented sharia.’
      • ‘The Bible became a political manifesto of English nationalism and the liberation of the masses from church tyranny.’
      • ‘Serb nationalism was, for Milosevic, a matter of political strategy alone.’
      • ‘The popular conception of nations and nationalisms is that they are fairly recent phenomena, arising around the time of the French Revolution or after.’
      • ‘They were created with the aim of appeasing Indian nationalism and preventing India's eventual independence.’
      • ‘By nationalism we mean the political ideology that locates the right of self-government in a people who share a common culture.’
      • ‘Above all Irish political nationalism demanded a state wherein for good or ill the people decide their own destiny.’
      • ‘In the process, they dropped the main demand of Irish nationalism that Northern Ireland be recognised as an integral part of the Irish state.’
      • ‘An important consequence of the 1967 war was revival of Palestinian Arab nationalism.’
      • ‘Seen in this light, contemporary Taiwanese nationalism belongs to a political family with a well-established ancestry.’
      • ‘This helps explain the persistence and even strengthening of cultural nationalism after political independence.’
      • ‘Indonesia now is again run by politicians favoring secular nationalism, with Christians regaining influence.’
      patriotism, patriotic sentiment, allegiance to one's country, loyalty to one's country, loyalism, nationality
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