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nationalist

[nash-uh-nl-ist, nash-nuh-list] /ˈnæʃ ə nl ɪst, ˈnæʃ nə lɪst/
noun
1.
a person devoted to nationalism.
2.
(initial capital letter) a member of a political group advocating or fighting for national independence, a strong national government, etc.
adjective
3.
Also, nationalistic. of, relating to, or promoting nationalism:
the beginnings of a nationalist movement.
4.
(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
1705-1715
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
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  • But Marshall was as hot a nationalist as Washington himself.

  • These people have votes, and to a man support the nationalist party.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • He felt as if he had asked a nationalist meeting to join him in drinking confusion to the Pope.

    H.M.S. ---- Klaxon
  • This pronouncement embodies the sentiments of every nationalist Irishman.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • The nationalist movement neared its most drastic ordeal in 1936.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
Word Origin and History for nationalist
n.

"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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