na·​tion·​al·​is·​tic | \ ˌnash-nə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce nationalistic (audio) , ˌna-shə-nə-ˈli-stik\

Definition of nationalistic

1 : of, favoring, or characterized by nationalism nationalistic election speeches

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Other Words from nationalistic

nationalistically \ ˌnash-​nə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nationalistically (audio) , ˌna-​shə-​nə-​ˈli-​sti-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for nationalistic


nationalist, patriotic



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Examples of nationalistic in a Sentence

the political party's nationalistic ideology a nationalistic display of the country's flag at all civic events

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Boudica’s campaign against the Romans was linked in the public imagination with the nationalistic pride and imperial ambitions of Britain under Queen Victoria, whose name was fortuitously connected to that of her predecessor. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Brexit Warnings to Be Found in Sheep Grazing in a London Park," 3 Sep. 2019 The concept of a Hindu identity had been an ongoing nationalistic project for long. Vikram Sampath, Quartz India, "The father of Hindutva believed Aryans migrated to India," 20 Aug. 2019 At some point Beijing wants to rein that in for fear that these nationalistic sentiments will point toward the government. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong’s Leader, Carrie Lam, to Withdraw Extradition Bill That Ignited Protests," 5 Aug. 2019 One of the men assaulted by the protesters, confirmed by Global Times editor Hu Xijin to be a reporter for the nationalistic tabloid, has since been held up as a national hero on Chinese social network Weibo. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Mired in anger and hatred, Hong Kong’s “radical” protesters are seeking a way forward," 14 Aug. 2019 There’s no lineage in the work of Gorky to anything American from the 19th century, no nationalistic fervor, and no aesthetic aggrandizement. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Splendid Arshile Gorky, in Venice," 3 Aug. 2019 Items 2 and 3 are where the nationalistic elements emerge. C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, "How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction," 1 Aug. 2019 Some of these things are driven towards nationalistic sentiments, pride and prestige but some are not going to be achievable. Helen Regan, CNN, "Chandrayaan-2: Second try for India as it attempts Moon mission launch," 22 July 2019 In January, the German Workers’ Party, the fiercely nationalistic and anti-Semitic precursor to the Nazis, was launched in Munich—nearly six months before the terms of the Versailles treaty were known. Joseph Loconte, WSJ, "The Versailles Treaty Gets a Bum Rap," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of nationalistic

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of nationalistic

: relating to or showing a belief that your country is better and more important than other countries

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