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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 nationalistic
  • The basic thought that guides these specific means of national recovery is not narrowly nationalistic.
  • The nationalistic glory days of space exploration should be over, already.
  • It wants the nationalistic benefits without paying a national price.
  • He is also reported to hold crudely nationalistic views.
  • And of course, there are the nationalistic concerns.
  • So, as you see, these positions are nationalistic and religiously based.
  • Prominent colonial lobbies emerge and engage in an ideological, nationalistic, appeal to the tax-payers of the motherland.
  • In truth it is motivated not by national security but by religious and nationalistic egoism.
  • Independent experts, however, caution against such nationalistic one-upmanship.
  • It stopped being so angry and militantly nationalistic.
Word Origin and History for nationalistic



"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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