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

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Examples of nationhood in a Sentence

the early days of U.S. nationhood The colonists showed a strong desire for nationhood.
Recent Examples on the Web On April 16, 2019, a day after the Notre Dame Cathedral had been engulfed by flames in Paris, Middle East scholar Diana Darke noted on Twitter that the great icon of French nationhood was in fact inspired by Syrian architecture. Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2021 Business deals like these could accelerate Greenland’s quest for nationhood. Vivienne Walt, Time, 19 May 2021 Public schools were surely a major means of advancing American nationhood. John C. “chuck” Chalberg, Star Tribune, 7 May 2021 Some Armenians feel their nationhood cannot be fully recognized unless the truth of what happened to their forebears is acknowledged. Don Melvin, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 For more than 70 years, insurgencies have flared across Myanmar, a country whose ideals of nationhood remain fractured by ethnic divisions deepened by more than a century of British colonial rule followed by decades of military dictatorship. Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 It’s not only Europe’s greatest museum; the Louvre is also a palace, upon which France’s kings, revolutionaries, emperors and presidents have projected visions of power and nationhood. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 26 Nov. 2020 As would be seen in Arkansas, postal services were eagerly sought by settlers, and the community post office over time would be a singularly important thread which stitched together our nationhood. Tom Dillard, Arkansas Online, 14 Mar. 2021 However, other Straussian scholars did make more historically specific (and politically directed) claims about how classical and Christian conceptions informed the founding ideals of nationhood in the U.S. Peter Hammond Schwartz, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of nationhood

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jun 2021

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“Nationhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nationhood

: the state of being an independent nation

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