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National is used to describe something that belongs to or is typical of a particular country or nation.
Nationalist is usually a noun. A nationalist is someone who tries to obtain political independence for his or her country.
You can also use nationalist as an adjective to describe people, movements, or ideas.
If someone is very proud of their country and thinks it is better than other countries, you can say that they or their views are nationalistic. This word is always used to indicate disapproval of someone's views.
Normally, if someone is proud of their country, you say that they or their feelings are patriotic. This word is usually used to indicate approval of someone's feelings.
|Noun||1.||nationalist - one who loves and defends his or her country|
national, subject - a person who owes allegiance to that nation; "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
|2.||nationalist - an advocate of national independence of or a strong national government|
nationalist leader - the leader of a nationalist movement
|Adj.||1.||nationalist - devotion to the interests or culture of a particular nation including promoting the interests of one country over those of others; "nationalist aspirations"; "minor nationalistic differences"|
national - limited to or in the interests of a particular nation; "national interests"; "isolationism is a strictly national policy"