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