Definition of nationalist in US English:

nationalist

noun

  • 1A person who strongly identifies with their own nation and vigorously supports its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.

    ‘he was a staunch nationalist during his 22 years in power’
    • ‘She started out as an emotional nationalist, full of passion and patriotism.’
    • ‘In fact he is a conservative politician, a nationalist who plays the anti-immigration card when it he suits him.’
    • ‘Does a critique of fascism, nationalism or racism promote abuse against fascists, nationalists, and racists?’
    • ‘During World War One, Stresemann, like the vast majority of Germans, had been a strong nationalist.’
    • ‘A body of thought and mythology developed by reactionary German nationalists in the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘Most of those who are cheering England on, wearing a replica football shirt or flying a St George's flag are not right wing nationalists.’
    • ‘He was a fervent French nationalist and a strong leader, a man who took on the United States and Britain.’
    1. 1.1 A person who advocates or supports the political independence of a particular nation or people.
      ‘a Basque nationalist’
      • ‘The irony for nationalists is that the nation state is less able to deliver than ever.’
      • ‘He is a nationalist who from an early age had wanted a more independent Croatia.’
      • ‘That federation was opposed by nationalists who advocated political freedom from British rule.’
      • ‘The users of these sites are mainly Uyghur nationalists and political activists.’
      • ‘They come from Labour and the Liberal Democrats equally, plus a few nationalists.’
      • ‘The majority of SNP votes in urban areas come not from hard nationalists but from people seeking an alternative to Labour.’
      • ‘In March 1848, authorities charged several leading nationalists with sedition.’
      • ‘Soren Abel was a Norwegian nationalist who was active politically in the movement to make Norway independent.’
      • ‘Most of the opposition parties are involved in the committee, including the communists, socialists and nationalists.’
      • ‘Broad Front is a left coalition made up of socialists, Communists and nationalists.’
      • ‘He was, first and foremost, a nationalist who wanted a strong and independent Scotland.’
      • ‘Maneuvers between Quebec nationalists and the Canadian right are not new or exceptional.’
      • ‘However, the security services consistently had a much higher rate of arrest against loyalists than nationalists.’
      • ‘These were Bengali nationalists who won a majority of seats and won the elections.’
      • ‘That agreement merely allowed moderate nationalists like the SDLP to have some share of power.’
      • ‘There it was met by thousands of trade unionists and Irish nationalists.’
      • ‘Now Jawaharlal Nehru was an Indian nationalist in politics and an English gentleman in his cultural make-up.’
      • ‘As in Ireland, there is a deep rift between nationalists who can accommodate to a kind of autonomy and those who hold to the purist separatist ideal.’
      • ‘Its military campaigns and parades served only to antagonise the nationalists.’
      • ‘They rejected independence for Ukraine and began to persecute Ukrainian nationalists.’
      • ‘It was in the wake of the 1917 Russian Revolution that an opportunity arose for the Ukrainian nationalists.’
      authoritarian, totalitarian, autocrat, nazi, extreme right-winger, far right-winger, rightist, blackshirt, militarist
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adjective

  • Relating to nationalists or nationalism.

    ‘a nationalist movement’
    • ‘The present crisis on the docks illustrates the dead end of the nationalist and pro-capitalist policy of the trade union bureaucracy.’
    • ‘The results exposed deepening sectarian polarisation between nationalist and unionist voters.’
    • ‘The character of these nationalist movements varied widely in terms of local conditions.’
    • ‘This, it is assumed, will undermine the nationalist / patriotic appeal of the resistance and transform it into an ethnic civil war.’
    • ‘In so far as they still clung to socialist phraseology, it was simply to give their nationalist programme a more acceptable cover.’
    • ‘Why did a petty-bourgeois nationalist outlook gain ascendancy?’
    • ‘Strongly nationalist, their goal was to create art that would help give Canadians a sense of their unique identity.’
    • ‘The governments in both countries are stirring up nationalist sentiment against each other.’
    • ‘Here lies the real significance of nationalist, racist and sexist divisions under capitalist society.’
    • ‘In the case of glacial Super-Finland, the political relevance seems to be rather rightist, romantic and nationalist.’
    • ‘There are also socialists in the SNP or other nationalist parties and in the Greens.’
    • ‘It must be clear that this campaign is not based on narrow minded nationalist ideas but on genuine internationalist solidarity.’
    • ‘In every country, versions of the past provide the raw material for nationalist and patriotic sentiments.’
    • ‘Britain's Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and nationalist parties could learn much from this volume.’
    • ‘In working class areas, nationalist demands often merged with anti-capitalist and socialist demands.’
    • ‘A series of proposals were submitted to the leading unionist and nationalist parties in Northern Ireland last week.’
    • ‘This is a climate in which right-wing and nationalist demagogy flourishes.’
    • ‘The leadership would fall to the workers' movement, which would win out over nationalist forces.’
    • ‘Throughout its history, outsiders wanted the women's movement to be nationalist first of all.’
    • ‘Significantly, nationalist movements in the Third World used European ideas to replace alien government with self-rule.’
    • ‘The inflaming of nationalist tendencies in Europe can only be traced back superficially to disputes over the draft constitution.’
    patriotic, loyal to one's country, pro one's country
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Pronunciation

nationalist

/ˈnaSH(ə)nələst//ˈnæʃ(ə)nələst/