|nationalism (ˈnæʃənəˌlɪzəm, ˈnæʃnə-)|
|1.||a sentiment based on common cultural characteristics that binds a population and often produces a policy of national independence or separatism|
|2.||loyalty or devotion to one's country; patriotism|
|3.||See also chauvinism exaggerated, passionate, or fanatical devotion to a national community|
The strong belief that the interests of a particular nation-state are of primary importance. Also, the belief that a people who share a common language, history, and culture should constitute an independent nation, free of foreign domination.
Note: Nationalism is opposed to colonialism and imperialism.