from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Devotion, especially excessive or undiscriminating devotion, to the interests or culture of a particular nation-state.
  • noun The belief that nations will benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, emphasizing national rather than international goals.
  • noun The belief that a particular cultural or ethnic group constitutes a distinct people deserving of political self-determination.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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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