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 nationalistic (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 Many also expressed their gratitude to see their feelings represented amid nationalistic rhetoric and nativist policies. Shaheena Janjuha-jivraj, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Meng's return inspired a swell of nationalistic pride in China, but the aftermath of her release did not sit as easily with Canada. Aj Willingham, CNN, 27 Sep. 2021 The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization face stress from nationalistic policies. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 21 Sep. 2021 Concurrently, China’s 'main melody' titles — nationalistic fare that emphasizes Socialist values — have also raised their game. Patrick Frater, Variety, 25 Aug. 2021 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has incited ethno-nationalistic fervor. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 But the deal still faces long odds given the need for approval from governments that are now approaching the semiconductor business with a more nationalistic bent. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 28 June 2021 Warning about rising antisemitism in Poland, Mehl describes Poland as having become a very nationalistic country. Fox News, 4 Sep. 2021 Orban spoke to the broader political issue, in that left-wing politicians like Biden cannot fathom a nationalistic or conservative alternative ideology. Fox News, 6 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of nationalistic

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nationalistic was in 1855

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“Nationalistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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