na·​tion-state ˈnā-shən-ˈstāt How to pronounce nation-state (audio)
: a form of political organization under which a relatively homogeneous people inhabits a sovereign state
especially : a state containing one as opposed to several nationalities

Examples of nation-state in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in a world of nation-state attackers and the kind of content being secured, the risk—at some point—will become real. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 This includes 160 nation-state actors and 50 ransomware groups. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 17 Feb. 2024 The threat of adverse nation-states is something that has risen tremendously over the past five-plus years, and the terrorism landscape has changed where domestic violent extremism — the lone actor, the small groups loosely affiliated — present such a significant threat to the homeland. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 But there’s nothing funny about the way these vendors have become as prolific as nation-state attackers at finding zero-day vulnerabilities to exploit. Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024 But Cozy Bear has actually been one of the most active nation-state groups since at least 2010. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 26 Jan. 2024 On rare but horrific occasions, that enemy was capable of projecting force on the scale of a nation-state. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 27 Jan. 2024 However, the Nazis carried out their killings of part of a national genocidal project which mobilized all the elements of a modern, massive nation-state, a state whose population, generally speaking, knew that Jews were being removed from society. TIME, 26 Jan. 2024 In 1948 the most devout of the Jewish surveyors in the Promised Land regarded the mere suggestion of a nation-state as blasphemy. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nation-state was in 1895

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“Nation-state.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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