na·​tion·​al·​is·​tic ˌna-sh(ə-)nə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce nationalistic (audio)
: of, favoring, or characterized by nationalism
nationalistic election speeches
nationalistically adverb

Example Sentences

the political party's nationalistic ideology a nationalistic display of the country's flag at all civic events
Recent Examples on the Web Johan Lundbye, a nationalistic landscape painter, drew himself sitting under a beech tree — itself a national symbol of Denmark — with his head in his hands, in utter despair. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2023 While many locals and local officials are getting used to the new group of Americans, Mexico’s top leader has often taken a more nationalistic stance during his governing of Mexico. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2023 Talk of banning the super popular app is widespread as national security concerns mix with nationalistic jealousy over the amazingly successful social media craze. Kevin O'marah, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 In 2019, Modi's party won 303 out of 543 parliamentary seats, in part due to its Hindu nationalistic agenda. Arkansas Online, 25 Dec. 2022 In 2019, Modi's party won 303 out of 543 parliamentary seats, in part due to its Hindu nationalistic agenda. Sheikh Saaliq,, 24 Dec. 2022 While publishers embrace the trope of European superiority to market books like Magnusson’s, here the nationalistic comparisons may be more a burden than a blessing. Courtney Tenz, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2022 The government appears to have little faith in its domestic vaccines but has refused to approve better foreign jabs for local distribution, probably for nationalistic reasons. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 28 Nov. 2022 Tracing how people turned it into this very patriotic, nationalistic symbol. Jane Greenway Carr, CNN, 24 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nationalistic was in 1855

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“Nationalistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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