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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Maxime Rodinson discusses the nature of Arab nationalism.
▪ Mrowa, who founded the paper in 1946, was killed for his opposition to the birth of Arab nationalism.
▪ This policy was associated with the radical Arab nationalism of the middle-ranking military officers who had carried out the June 1989 coup.
▪ They are certainly both motivated by the same united Arab nationalism, as well as a move towards social reorganisation described as socialist.
▪ By 1977 black revolutionary organizations, including those emphasizing black nationalism, had been largely suppressed or had receded in visibility.
▪ Crell in particular had no scruples about playing on his countrymen's cultural nationalism for the development of the fatherland's chemistry.
▪ Europe can only live in peace if nationalism is overcome.
▪ Irish nationalism
▪ Among these symbols are those associated with nationalism.
▪ Basque nationalism surfaced during Athletic Bilbao's match against Atletico.
▪ In other words, nationalism belongs with political theory, ethnicity with sociology or social anthropology.
▪ On the continent, political movements are already emerging which thrive on the flow of refugees and exploit naked nationalism.
▪ Out goes secularism and economic reform; in comes Hindu nationalism.
▪ The connection between language and lineage can, however, be prised apart in order to combat crude nationalism.
▪ The facts are that within a decade of the Vienna Congress, nationalism was gathering furious pace.
▪ The history of war, nationalism and revolutions.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Nationalism \Na"tion*al*ism\, n.

  1. The state of being national; national attachment; nationality.

  2. An idiom, trait, or character peculiar to any nation.

  3. National independence; the principles of the Nationalists.

  4. A devotion to one's country; patriotism; especially. an exaggerated or excessive form of patriotism; chauvinism.

  5. The policy of advocating the independence of one's country.

  6. The policy of advocating the interests of one's own country exclusively, regardless of effects of a country's actions on other countries.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1844, "devotion to one's country;" see nationalist + -ism; in some usages from French nationalisme. Earlier it was used in a theological sense of "the doctrine of divine election of nations" (1836). Later it was used in a sense of "doctrine advocating nationalization of a country's industry" (1892).


n. 1 patriotism; the idea of supporting one's country, people and culture. 2 Support for the creation of a sovereign nation (which does not currently exist). 3 jingoism; the support of one nation's interests to the exclusion of others; the hatred of other nations.

  1. n. love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it [syn: patriotism]

  2. the doctrine that your national culture and interests are superior to any other [ant: multiculturalism, internationalism]

  3. the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination

  4. the doctrine that nations should act independently (rather than collectively) to attain their goals [ant: internationalism]


Nationalism is a shared group feeling in the significance of a geographical and sometimes demographic region seeking independence for its culture or ethnicity that holds that group together. This can be expressed as a belief or political ideology that involves an individual identifying with or becoming attached to one's nation. Nationalism involves national identity, by contrast with the related concept of patriotism, which involves the social conditioning and personal behaviors that support a state's decisions and actions.

From a political or sociological perspective, there are two main perspectives on the origins and basis of nationalism. One is the primordialist perspective that describes nationalism as a reflection of the ancient and perceived evolutionary tendency of humans to organize into distinct groupings based on an affinity of birth. The other is the modernist perspective that describes nationalism as a recent phenomenon that requires the structural conditions of modern society in order to exist.

An alternative perspective to both of these lineages comes out of engaged theory, and argues that while the form of nationalism is modern, the content and subjective reach of nationalism depends upon 'primordial' sentiments.

There are various definitions for what constitutes a nation, however, which leads to several different strands of nationalism. It can be a belief that citizenship in a state should be limited to one ethnic, cultural, religious, or identity group, or that multinationality in a single state should necessarily comprise the right to express and exercise national identity even by minorities. The adoption of national identity in terms of historical development has commonly been the result of a response by influential groups unsatisfied with traditional identities due to inconsistency between their defined social order and the experience of that social order by its members, resulting in a situation of anomie that nationalists seek to resolve. This anomie results in a society or societies reinterpreting identity, retaining elements that are deemed acceptable and removing elements deemed unacceptable, in order to create a unified community. This development may be the result of internal structural issues or the result of resentment by an existing group or groups towards other communities, especially foreign powers that are or are deemed to be controlling them.

National flags, national anthems and other symbols of national identity are commonly considered highly important symbols of the national community.

Nationalism (Ireland)

Usage examples of "nationalism".

Creed are exceptional: the absolutist passion with which these beliefs are held and the degree to which they are integral to American nationalism.

According to Stalin, nations are immediately revolutionary, and revolution means modernization: nationalism is an ineluctable stage in development.

Free Trade nationalism in power is better than high tariff nationalism, and pacificist party liberalism better than aggressive party patriotism.

The most significant instances of revolt and revolution against these modern power structures therefore were those that posed the struggle against exploitation together with the struggle against nationalism, colonialism, and imperialism.

American capitalism feeds in turn the greater radicalism of the American Right and the culture of American nationalism.

It has been reported that our passenger manifest includes a pair of individuals belonging to a terrorist group identified with revanchist Muscovite nationalism.

Moreover, in response to their own sentiments but also to appeal to the American people, they made things worse by packaging imperialism as American nationalism, thereby adopting a number of gratuitously unilateralist measures and approaches.

Apollon Maikov, the poet whom he had once tried unsuccessfully to recruit for the Speshnev secret society in 1849, and who, like himself, had evolved from Russian Westernism toward a much more fervent nationalism.

But satire often possesses an anarchic force that may undercut the principles that nationalism establishes.

Linked to this bellicose nationalism was a return to pre-Civil War patterns in which Southerners were the most ardent proponents of American imperial expansion.

Chauvinist and bellicose nationalism, although always present, has not become the U.

The disintegration, during the second half of the twentieth century, of the organizing principles of international affairs - most crucially Empire in the 1960s and Communism in the 1980s - led to the re-eruption of exclusionary, intolerant, and militant nationalism.

But now the reviving nationalisms, the resuscitating social and commercial interests of the moribund old world system, were acutely aware of the immense significance of events at Basra, and there had gathered an assemblage of delegations, reporters, adventurers, friends and camp followers of every description, far exceeding the numbers of the actual Fellows.

Indeed, professed to have outgrown nationalism, and to stand for political and cultural world unity.

This latter-day civilization, however, had wholly outgrown nationalism, and had spent many centuries of peace in consolidating itself.