na·​tion·​al·​ist | \ ˈnash-nə-list How to pronounce nationalist (audio) , ˈna-shə-nə-list \

Definition of nationalist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an advocate of or believer in nationalism
2 : a member of a political party or group advocating national independence or strong national government



Definition of nationalist (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or advocating nationalism
2 : of, relating to, or being a political group advocating or associated with nationalism

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Examples of nationalist in a Sentence

Noun a staunch nationalist who favored any policy that would give the country more power in the international arena Adjective The country's Nationalist Party won the election. a nationalist rant against the immigrants supposedly flooding the country
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tyson Barker, head of technology policy at the German Council on Foreign Relations, checked the Twitter account of Germany’s most prominent far-right nationalist. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, "Europe criticizes Trump Twitter ban – but not for reason you'd expect," 15 Jan. 2021 Reviled by his critics as a corrupt nationalist with links to organized crime, Japarov tried to consolidate society behind his campaign. Ivan Nechepurenko,, "Populist, prisoner, president: A convicted kidnapper wins Kyrgyzstan election," 10 Jan. 2021 An ardent nationalist, Rajagopalachari believed that Indians were being used as research subjects for the sake of Western science. Arunabh Saikia, Quartz India, "To reduce India’s vaccine hesitancy around Covid-19, Modi needs to “let doctors do the talking”," 13 Dec. 2020 The attacker, Stephan Balliet, a 28-year-old German nationalist, stood motionless as the judge read the sentence. New York Times, "German White Supremacist Is Sentenced to Life for Synagogue Attack," 21 Dec. 2020 That consensus hardened after World War I, a conflict sparked by the 1914 assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian nationalist. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "State-sponsored assassination: New tools, old questions," 10 Dec. 2020 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, now perhaps the most prominent nationalist in the Western hemisphere, is going to be at loggerheads with the Biden administration over climate policy. Washington Post, "After Trump, what’s next for the West’s far right?," 25 Nov. 2020 The rising deforestation has led to growing pressure at home and abroad on the Brazilian nationalist. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "Biden Win Raises Pressure on Brazil’s Bolsonaro to Protect Amazon," 7 Dec. 2020 In 2003, under a B.J.P. government, a portrait of V.D. Savarkar, a Hindu nationalist who was charged as a co-conspirator in Gandhi’s murder but not convicted, was unveiled in a hall of the Indian Parliament. New York Times, "India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning," 1 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The nationalist Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has worked to recast Hungary in a more conservative mold since winning a third successive landslide in 2018, and anti-gay verbal attacks and legislation have become common. NBC News, "Hungary amends constitution to redefine family, effectively banning gay adoption," 15 Dec. 2020 But a strong showing by the Social Democratic Party, which has been accused of a host of political scandals in recent years, and the potential arrival in Parliament of a new nationalist party soured the mood for many Romanians. New York Times, "Romania’s Leader Is Tested by a Close Election," 6 Dec. 2020 But stories like these help explain why Mr Palmlov and Mr Kroon are members of the Sweden Democrats, a nationalist party. The Economist, "How long will Sweden’s nationalists be excluded from power?," 28 Nov. 2020 Michigan is a hotbed of nationalist, extremist and white supremacist hate groups, with more than two dozen organizations active in the state, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. David Welch,, "Six Are Charged in Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer," 8 Oct. 2020 Cheers broke out and the crowd rushed to catch a glimpse as a group in black and yellow, the attire of the far-right nationalist group Proud Boys, marched down the street next to Freedom Plaza. USA TODAY, "Thousands of Trump supporters rally in DC before Electoral College vote to protest election," 12 Dec. 2020 The motion is set to be comfortably defeated because the nationalist group Vox, which proposed it, has failed to rally much support among other parties. Rodrigo Orihuela,, "Spanish Premier Accused of Plot Against Monarchy in Toxic Debate," 21 Oct. 2020 Democrats have since attacked Brodeur and his affiliated PAC for paying $37,000 to companies owned by a blogger with ties to the far-right nationalist group the Proud Boys. Steven Lemongello,, "Senate District 9 race one of the most closely watched in the state — and one of the most bitter," 7 Oct. 2020 In the previous three elections, Netanyahu was unable to put together a majority coalition with his traditional religious and nationalist allies. Fox News, "Israel heads to new elections as government collapses," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of nationalist


1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nationalist was in 1715

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“Nationalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nationalist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a supporter of or believer in nationalism
: a member of a political group that wants to form a separate and independent nation



English Language Learners Definition of nationalist (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to nationalism
: of or relating to a political group that wants to form a separate and independent nation


na·​tion·​al·​ist | \ ˈna-shə-nə-list How to pronounce nationalist (audio) \

Kids Definition of nationalist

: a person who believes that his or her country is better and more important than other countries

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