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  • 1Identification with one's own nation and support for its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.

    ‘their nationalism is tempered by a desire to join the European Union’
    • ‘That undoubtedly is what we may conclude from the rise of extreme right ideologies and nationalisms of all kinds.’
    • ‘Zionism was influenced by, and has many similarities with, other contemporary European nationalisms.’
    • ‘It also is a part of the strategy of religious nationalisms which characterize the nation as a religiously defined ethno-cultural people.’
    • ‘State-Zionism, like Bolshevism, Nazism, and absolute nationalisms in general, is an ideology that in its logical conclusion places its advocates outside the realm of reconciliation.’
    • ‘And unless British, French and German politicians start to be honest, the EU will implode into fractious and competing nationalisms that have always lain under the surface of European rhetoric.’
    • ‘Like many postcolonial nationalisms, Irish nationalism effectively fused traditional culture with this modern sense of equality.’
    • ‘Attempts at Germanization and Russification only fired up Polish nationalism - or indeed nationalisms.’
    • ‘Hindutva (extreme Hindu nationalism) cannot survive without a real or imagined enemy.’
    • ‘The mass media promote racism and nationalism in an effort to divide us and blind us from the real problems of society.’
    • ‘This mytho-historiography expresses itself in nationalism as a religious principle.’
    • ‘It is a day which recalls where jingoism and nationalism can lead when placed in the wrong hands.’
    • ‘That then leaves the xenophobic shadow that dogs nationalism as the key issue to be addressed.’
    • ‘In recent times we have seen how the name of religion can be used to justify a vicious form of chauvinistic nationalism and even terrorism.’
    • ‘The link between continental nationalism and the Scottish variety has long been a highly sensitive point for the SNP.’
    • ‘The movement's patriotic rhetoric often inclines into aggressive nationalism.’
    chauvinism, jingoism, flag-waving
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    1. 1.1Advocacy of or support for the political independence of a particular nation or people.
      ‘Scottish nationalism’
      • ‘This helps explain the persistence and even strengthening of cultural nationalism after political independence.’
      • ‘Much has been said about nationalism; independence forces one to confront what it means to be ‘Bermudian’.’
      • ‘Indonesia now is again run by politicians favoring secular nationalism, with Christians regaining influence.’
      • ‘Seen in this light, contemporary Taiwanese nationalism belongs to a political family with a well-established ancestry.’
      • ‘Above all Irish political nationalism demanded a state wherein for good or ill the people decide their own destiny.’
      • ‘By nationalism we mean the political ideology that locates the right of self-government in a people who share a common culture.’
      • ‘The Bible became a political manifesto of English nationalism and the liberation of the masses from church tyranny.’
      • ‘He rejected nationalism and instead advocated a state which based its legitimacy on Islam and implemented sharia.’
      • ‘Those who were pleased with the collapse were not people who thought much about political liberty but people whose major concern was nationalism.’
      • ‘Serb nationalism was, for Milosevic, a matter of political strategy alone.’
      • ‘When a country becomes independent, there are various symbols of nationalism that countries like to have.’
      • ‘Symbols of nationalism are linked centrally to independence.’
      • ‘They were created with the aim of appeasing Indian nationalism and preventing India's eventual independence.’
      • ‘In the process, they dropped the main demand of Irish nationalism that Northern Ireland be recognised as an integral part of the Irish state.’
      • ‘The popular conception of nations and nationalisms is that they are fairly recent phenomena, arising around the time of the French Revolution or after.’
      separatism, secessionism, partitionism, isolationism
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/ˈnaSH(ə)nəˌlizəm/ /ˈnæʃ(ə)nəˌlɪzəm/