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

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the political party's nationalistic ideology a nationalistic display of the country's flag at all civic events
Recent Examples on the Web The Anti-Defamation League, which also condemned what Trump said during the debate, has labeled Proud Boys violent, nationalistic, Islamophobic, transphobic and misogynistic, something the organization denies. Anthony Man,, "Wasserman Schultz on Proud Boys controversy: ‘Plain and simple, I think Donald Trump is a racist’," 1 Oct. 2020 In recent years the pressure tactics have spread to corporations as well, with the help of lobbying by nationalistic social media users. Jane Li, Quartz, "Even Japanese anime celebrities can’t escape China’s campaign over Taiwan," 1 Oct. 2020 Su Tzu-yun, a research fellow at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research in Taipei, said the incursions were aimed at whipping up nationalistic fervor at home., "China’s Rejection of Taiwan Buffer Zone Raises Risk of Clash," 20 Sep. 2020 That appeared to appease both Donald Trump, who declared victory and called off a ban on TikTok, as well as China’s most nationalistic media., "China Threatens to Kill TikTok Deal Over ‘Dirty’ Trump Tactics," 23 Sep. 2020 Hungary holds elections, but Orban’s nationalistic Fidesz Party has taken control of executive and legislative powers along with the court system, with the ability to maneuver election laws so that the opposition can’t gain a majority. Trudy Rubin, Star Tribune, "Trump's autocrat pals would applaud his stealing the Ginsburg seat," 22 Sep. 2020 At the same time, supporters of nationalistic parties are cynical about international cooperation and diffident toward the UN. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "The UN can’t solve the crisis it was designed to handle," 21 Sep. 2020 This was a major departure from the Apollo program, which was notable for its deeply nationalistic motivation. Daniel Oberhaus, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Cold War Politics Shaped the International Space Station," 9 Sep. 2020 Secondly, under President Erdoğan, Turkey is pursuing a highly nationalistic agenda, recalling the Ottoman era. Nick Squires, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mediterranean frenemies face off: Greece, Turkey at ‘the abyss’," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of nationalistic

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nationalistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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

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