Definition: Nationalism

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From French nationalisme. Surface etymology is national + -ism.


nationalism (countable and uncountable, plural nationalisms)

  1. Patriotism; the idea of supporting one's country, people or culture.
  2. Support for the creation of a sovereign nation (which does not currently exist).
  3. (UK, Ireland) Support for the union of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Derived terms

  • anarcho-nationalism
  • civic nationalism
  • economic nationalism
  • micronationalism
  • white nationalism


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