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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The Abes are known to have supported the school’s nationalistic philosophy of education. Washington Post, "Japan govt altered documents in scandal linked to Abe’s wife," 12 Mar. 2018 The Abes are known to have supported the school’s nationalistic philosophy of education. Mari Yamaguchi,, "Japan’s government altered documents in scandal linked to prime minister’s wife," 12 Mar. 2018 Some commentators and influencers who usually resist nationalistic sentiment saw the arrest as a blow by the U.S. in the countries’ trade battle, targeting a flagship Chinese company and the country’s economic future as well as its pride. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Chinese Warn of Western ‘Iron Curtain’ After Huawei Arrest," 7 Dec. 2018 However, over the course of the 19th-century, American histories of the revolution minimized the allies’ role, building a nationalistic myth of raw courage and self-sufficiency that represented an early glimpse of American exceptionalism. Alice George, Smithsonian, "The American Revolution Was Just One Battlefront in a Huge World War," 28 June 2018 The interview was published on, a pro-government news website with a nationalistic bent that is not related to the long-time newspaper of the Russian Communist Party, Pravda. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The old guard may be turning against the Russian space program," 4 Dec. 2018 And with a government in the undefined near future embracing nationalistic policies and suppressing its citizens’ language, the novel feels disturbingly contemporary. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 The university’s fate is seen as collateral damage from the ideological struggle between Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s nationalistic, anti-immigrant government and the founder of CEU, Hungarian-American billionaire and philanthropist George Soros. Pablo Gorondi, The Seattle Times, "Soros-backed university in Hungary partly moving to Vienna," 25 Oct. 2018 Yet despite Armenia’s less nationalistic attitude toward toasting, the country preserved its toasting traditions through centuries of occupation. Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian, "Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition," 13 July 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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