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Excessive or fanatical patriotism; chauvinism.

flag′-wav′er n.
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a. an emotional appeal or display intended to arouse patriotic or nationalistic feeling
b. (as modifier): a flag-waving speech.
ˈflag-ˌwaver n
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an ostentatiously emotional display of patriotism or factionalism.
flag′-wav`er, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.flag-waving - fanatically patrioticflag-waving - fanatically patriotic    
patriotic, loyal - inspired by love for your country
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[ˈflægˌweɪvɪŋ] N (fig) → patriotismo m de banderita
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