Definition of nationalism in English:



  • 1Patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts.

    • ‘Hold an enormous global competition every four years, encouraging rampant nationalism and sporting pride.’
    • ‘From the 1980s on, it gradually became an issue of nationalism and patriotic sentiment.’
    • ‘First, nationalism does provide a principle of legitimacy that underpins the modern state system.’
    • ‘Chinese nationalism and its self-centered pride can be compared to that of Germany.’
    • ‘He intends to instill a sense of nationalism and pride in grooming young players for future representation.’
    • ‘And this is the time of the World Cup games when nationalism via sport is given pride of place before all else.’
    • ‘These authors have contributed to a growing Andean nationalism and pride.’
    • ‘Cultural nationalism is still a powerful force to be reckoned with.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is that a core value for you, that idea of nationalism and national identity?’
    • ‘Is there an effort to whip up nationalism to divert attention from the social problems, poverty, unemployment?’
    • ‘And yet a social principle that goes beyond nationalism raises itself again and again.’
    • ‘Pride and nationalism are strong motivators that need to be managed diplomatically.’
    • ‘Playing with a sense of loyalty, commitment, nationalism and pride.’
    • ‘One view of white nationalism is that whites are allowed to display ethnic pride, like any other ethnicity.’
    • ‘We have failed to instil in our people a sense of nationalism, of pride in belonging here.’
    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 this, especially marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries.
      • ‘It also is a part of the strategy of religious nationalisms which characterize the nation as a religiously defined ethno-cultural people.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is a day which recalls where jingoism and nationalism can lead when placed in the wrong hands.’
      • ‘That undoubtedly is what we may conclude from the rise of extreme right ideologies and nationalisms of all kinds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The movement's patriotic rhetoric often inclines into aggressive nationalism.’
      • ‘Attempts at Germanization and Russification only fired up Polish nationalism - or indeed nationalisms.’
      • ‘Without intending to diminish the absurdity of such view or their genocidal implications, it must be mentioned that extremist nationalisms tend to flourish together.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The mass media promote racism and nationalism in an effort to divide us and blind us from the real problems of society.’
      • ‘Hindutva (extreme Hindu nationalism) cannot survive without a real or imagined enemy.’
      • ‘This mytho-historiography expresses itself in nationalism as a religious principle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Advocacy of political independence for a particular country.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This helps explain the persistence and even strengthening of cultural nationalism after political independence.’
      • ‘In the process, they dropped the main demand of Irish nationalism that Northern Ireland be recognised as an integral part of the Irish state.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The popular conception of nations and nationalisms is that they are fairly recent phenomena, arising around the time of the French Revolution or after.’
      • ‘Those who were pleased with the collapse were not people who thought much about political liberty but people whose major concern was nationalism.’
      • ‘He rejected nationalism and instead advocated a state which based its legitimacy on Islam and implemented sharia.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Symbols of nationalism are linked centrally to independence.’
      • ‘When a country becomes independent, there are various symbols of nationalism that countries like to have.’