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[nash-uh-nl-ist, nash-nuh-list] /ˈnæʃ ə nl ɪst, ˈnæʃ nə lɪst/
a person devoted to nationalism.
(initial capital letter) a member of a political group advocating or fighting for national independence, a strong national government, etc.
Also, nationalistic. of, relating to, or promoting nationalism:
the beginnings of a nationalist movement.
(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or noting a political group advocating or fighting for national independence, a strong national government, etc.
Origin of nationalist
1705-15; national + -ist
Related forms
nationalistically, adverb
antinationalist, noun, adjective
antinationalistic, adjective
antinationalistically, adverb
hypernationalistic, adjective
nonnationalistic, adjective
nonnationalistically, adverb
pronationalist, adjective, noun
pronationalistic, adjective
quasi-nationalistic, adjective
seminationalistic, adjective
unnationalistic, adjective
unnationalistically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for nationalist
  • After the conflict, the continued pursuit of nationalist agendas severely punished the losers and consolidated colonial empires.
  • Some astoundingly dark and retrograde notions openly circulate in reactionary churches and on nationalist websites.
  • If the big money is in capitalism with nationalist features, they will become capitalists.
  • Yet the authorities are also harrying nationalist leaders in the territory.
  • What emerged were ruling coalitions of the army and various secular nationalist movements.
  • To believe anything else is to engage in nationalist idolatry.
  • nationalist troops seized more area under its control.
  • Nonetheless, he contributed nationalist votes at critical times.
  • nationalist loyalties came into question once again as initial enthusiasms subsided.
Word Origin and History for nationalist

"one devoted to his nation," 1715, from national in a now obsolete sense of "patriotic" (1711) + -ist. Related: Nationalistic; nationalistically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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