from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Devotion to the interests or culture of one's nation.
  • n. The belief that nations will benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, emphasizing national rather than international goals.
  • n. Aspirations for national independence in a country under foreign domination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Patriotism; the idea of supporting one's country and culture.
  • n. Support for the creation of a sovereign nation (which does not currently exist).
  • n. Jingoism; the support of one nation's interests to the exclusion of others; the hatred of other nations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being national; national attachment; nationality.
  • n. An idiom, trait, or character peculiar to any nation.
  • n. National independence; the principles of the Nationalists.
  • n. A devotion to one's country; patriotism
  • n. The policy of advocating the independence of one's country.
  • n. The policy of advocating the interests of one's own country exclusively, regardless of effects of a country's actions on other countries.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. National spirit or aspirations; devotion to the nation; desire for national unity, independence, or prosperity.
  • n. Specifically, in Ireland, the political program of the party that agitates for more or less complete separation from Great Britain.
  • n. An idiom or a phrase peculiar to a mation; a national trait or peculiarity.
  • n. The conduct of all business by the public for the benefit of the public; the substitution of public for private control of all business.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the doctrine that nations should act independently (rather than collectively) to attain their goals
  • n. the doctrine that your national culture and interests are superior to any other
  • n. the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination
  • n. love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it


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national +‎ -ism


  • And nationalism translates as “hands off our near-abroad (which are inherent parts of China anyway so really, really hands off)”.

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  • That's -- that's what I call nationalism, enlightening ...

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  • The pride of a national group or nation is what we call nationalism.


  • Thus the only sincere answer to Irish nationalism is English nationalism, which is a reality; and not English imperialism, which is a reactionary fiction, or English internationalism, which is a revolutionary one.

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  • Peter Rutland, a professor of government at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, says that in the US, the word "nationalism" often has negative connotations.

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  • "There is also a risk of political protectionism -- what we call nationalism," he said.

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  • For me 'nationalism' is the democratic right to self-determination, and that includes the right to choose union AND the right to choose separation.

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  • Athletes are in an odd position because on the one hand you compete for yourself as an individual but, as Mr. Pound has explained, "nationalism" is very important to the spirit and ritual of the Games and can play a large part in the athlete's performance.

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  • That can be an ugly word here, just as "nationalism" is an ugly word in some usages.

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  • But nationalism is a slippery opponent, even, surprisingly enough, in Canada.

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  • I have no sense of nationalism, only a cosmic consciousness of belonging to the human family. ~Rosika Schwimme

    January 28, 2007