na·​tion·​hood | \ ˈnā-shən-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce nationhood (audio) \

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the early days of U.S. nationhood The colonists showed a strong desire for nationhood.
Recent Examples on the Web Or Janacek, who deployed similar brass fanfares for his own explorations of nationhood. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: A Tale of Two Women at the New York Philharmonic," 14 Feb. 2020 After all, there is no single style of architecture that represents nationhood — or that does not, and should not, provoke debate. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "MAGA War on Architectural Diversity Weaponizes Greek Columns," 7 Feb. 2020 In this vacuum, older conservative versions of German nationhood began to reemerge. David Motadel, The New York Review of Books, "What Do the Hohenzollerns Deserve?," 26 Feb. 2020 While Pakistan was founded as a home for the region’s Muslims, India defined itself in opposition to the idea that religion was the basis of nationhood. Washington Post, "India poised to pass controversial citizenship law excluding Muslim migrants," 11 Dec. 2019 Abiy tends to stress nationhood, with its sense of gradual consolidation, rather than the frictions of empire; according to the museum, Ethiopia is a nation with ancient roots. The Economist, "An imperial palace, a prison—and now a symbolic museum," 7 Nov. 2019 Ukraine is struggling for its own nationhood, its own culture, its own identity. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "‘Pregnant with War’: Ukraine Journal, Part IV," 13 Dec. 2019 While Pakistan was founded as a home for the region’s Muslims, India defined itself in opposition to the idea that religion was the basis of nationhood., "NEW DELHI — Lawmakers in India enacted a fundamental change to its citizenship law to include religion as a criterion for nationality for the first time, deepening concerns that a country founded on secular ideals is becoming a Hindu state that treats Muslims as second-class citizens.," 12 Dec. 2019 Among the populations deemed deserving of nationhood — along with Armenians and Azeris — were the Kurds. Time, "'No Friends But the Mountains.' What Life Looks Like for the Kurds of Syria, Now That the U.S. Has Pulled Back," 14 Nov. 2019

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1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nationhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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: the state of being an independent nation

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