na·​tion·​al·​is·​tic | \ˌnash-nə-ˈli-stik, 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, 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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But that nationalistic message will have consequences outside Brazil’s borders, and could even shift the country’s role in the region and the world. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Decoding Bolsonaro’s “make Brazil great” foreign policy," 31 Oct. 2018 Very mob rule, nationalistic, racist, all these things that are being linked with it, largely due to Donald Trump’s pushing it. Eric Johnson, Recode, "We have to rewrite antitrust law to deal with tech monopolies, says ‘Positive Populism’ author Steve Hilton," 24 Oct. 2018 Critics also said that the legislation was mainly intended to fuel nationalistic sentiments in the country. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "Poland’s controversial ‘Holocaust Law’ set to be reversed after global outcry," 27 June 2018 Many saw the remarks as part of a string of comments by European far-right politicians in France, Poland, Hungary and elsewhere to cover up historical facts that do not fit into their nationalistic agendas. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "CPAC wants to showcase a global ‘conservative’ movement. It’s mainly proving its limits.," 22 Feb. 2018 The ethnic Europeans tend to be highly nationalistic. A. Odysseus Patrick, Washington Post, "A bit of France in the South Pacific votes this year on independence," 1 June 2018 Far from the ideological fare that many have come to associate with North Korean musical acts, the concert program was surprisingly light on the nationalistic propaganda. Amy Qin, New York Times, "North Korean Orchestra Gives an Emotional Concert in the South," 8 Feb. 2018 Pro-government supporters flooded the streets of Syria’s capital at daybreak Saturday in a show of nationalistic pride after airstrikes by the U.S., Britain and France against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Pro-Assad Syrians demonstrate in Damascus after US-led airstrikes," 14 Apr. 2018 North Korea has often used ostentatious projects to inspire nationalistic pride, reward loyalty and enhance the prestige of the ruling regime. Washington Post, "North Korea’s construction boom may build more than skyline," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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