nationalist

noun
na·​tion·​al·​ist | \ ˈnash-nə-list How to pronounce nationalist (audio) , ˈna-shə-nə-list\

Definition of nationalist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an advocate of or believer in nationalism
2 : a member of a political party or group advocating national independence or strong national government

nationalist

adjective

Definition of nationalist (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or advocating nationalism
2 : of, relating to, or being a political group advocating or associated with nationalism

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Examples of nationalist in a Sentence

Noun

a staunch nationalist who favored any policy that would give the country more power in the international arena

Adjective

The country's Nationalist Party won the election. a nationalist rant against the immigrants supposedly flooding the country
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Among the latter are leading voices of the new nationalists. John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019 Ending Kashmir’s special status, and (as a subtext) humiliating its Muslim population, has long been a goal of India’s Hindu nationalists, whom Mr Modi leads. The Economist, "When India’s government abuses power, the media cheer," 22 Aug. 2019 But Teneo said that result will mostly increase the influence of other centrist parties more than that of the nationalists. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Italy’s Salvini stakes out post as Europe’s populist leader," 19 May 2019 In India journalists who criticise the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party receive torrents of threats on social media from Hindu nationalists. The Economist, "The global gag on free speech is tightening," 15 Aug. 2019 As the Nazis, with help from Ukrainian nationalists, began to murder the local Jews in 1942, the Bernholzes fled their ghetto for the safety of a Polish farm family sheltering other Jews in a barn. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Ben Barenholtz, midnight-movie Innovator, dies at 83," 10 July 2019 As the Nazis, with help from Ukrainian nationalists, began to murder the local Jews in 1942, the Bernholzes fled their ghetto for the safety of a Polish farm family sheltering other Jews in a barn. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Ben Barenholtz, Midnight-Movie Innovator, Is Dead at 83," 5 July 2019 The idea of an autocephalous, or independent, Ukrainian church has long been a dream of Ukrainian nationalists. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tangle of church and state roils Ukraine’s Orthodox parishes," 17 Apr. 2019 The Afghan Taliban—which is not a political party but a kind of relatively diversified front—is an organization of nationalists, first and foremost. Rony Brauman, Harper's magazine, "Salable Virtues," 10 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Experts believe that the move, a campaign promise made by Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP party, could now open the way for a steady demographic change in the country's only Muslim majority state. Swati Gupta And Kara Fox, CNN, "Indian opposition leaders refused entry to Kashmir," 24 Aug. 2019 In 2014 the right-wing Hindu nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, as hardliners, won a full majority under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. K.n.c., The Economist, "India cannot flourish without individual freedom," 16 Aug. 2019 Europe’s economic fortunes could get much worse should Matteo Salvini’s far-right nationalist League party, already leading in the Italian polls, claim top spot in new elections. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Germany Is Hovering on the Edge of Recession. Here’s Why That Spells Trouble for the Rest of Europe," 14 Aug. 2019 India’s government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, aims to have the whole country abide by policies based in that religion and its culture. Alex Ward, Vox, "Pakistan cuts off diplomatic and economic ties to India over Kashmir power grab," 8 Aug. 2019 Others pointed to another hand gesture that has not drawn formal scrutiny from FIFA: the Serbian three-finger salute, which is seen as a nationalist symbol. James Montague, New York Times, "Politics Ensnare Mohamed Salah and Switzerland at the World Cup," 24 June 2018 His decision was years in the making, the collision of India’s rising nationalist politics, frustration with Kashmir’s dogged separatists, and a long-running rivalry with Pakistan. Sameer Yasir, BostonGlobe.com, "Confusion, rage, and protest grip cutoff Kashmir," 10 Aug. 2019 That has electrified his Hindu-nationalist supporters, who want Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, brought to heel. The Economist, "Modi’s revocation of Kashmir’s autonomy," 9 Aug. 2019 At the scale of the jihadist terror threat still dwarfs and has dwarfed the scale of the white-nationalist terror threat. Nr Staff, National Review, "The Editors Podcast: More Mass Shootings Shake the Nation," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of nationalist

Noun

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nationalist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nationalist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a supporter of or believer in nationalism
: a member of a political group that wants to form a separate and independent nation

nationalist

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nationalist (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to nationalism
: of or relating to a political group that wants to form a separate and independent nation

nationalist

noun
na·​tion·​al·​ist | \ ˈna-shə-nə-list How to pronounce nationalist (audio) \

Kids Definition of nationalist

: a person who believes that his or her country is better and more important than other countries

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