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 (năsh′ə-nə-lĭz′əm, năsh′nə-)
1. Devotion, especially excessive or undiscriminating devotion, to the interests or culture of a particular nation-state.
2. The belief that nations will benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, emphasizing national rather than international goals.
3. The belief that a particular cultural or ethnic group constitutes a distinct people deserving of political self-determination.

na′tion·al·ist adj. & n.
na′tion·al·is′tic adj.
na′tion·al·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
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1. 'national'

National is used to describe something that belongs to or is typical of a particular country or nation.

...the national economy.
...changes in the national diet.
2. 'nationalist'

Nationalist is usually a noun. A nationalist is someone who tries to obtain political independence for his or her country.

...Basque nationalists.

You can also use nationalist as an adjective to describe people, movements, or ideas.

Nationalist leaders demanded the extension of democratic rights.
...the nationalist movements of French West Africa.
3. 'nationalistic'

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. attempt to arouse nationalistic passions against the foreigner.
4. 'patriotic'

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. earnest wish to enlist the patriotic spirit of the nation.
I believe that this is the only way that an ordinary person can inspire others to be patriotic.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nationalistic - fanatically patrioticnationalistic - fanatically patriotic    
patriotic, loyal - inspired by love for your country
2.nationalistic - devotion to the interests or culture of a particular nation including promoting the interests of one country over those of othersnationalistic - 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"
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adjective patriotic, xenophobic, flag-waving, chauvinistic, jingoistic, loyal to your country The violence had an ominously nationalistic character.
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وَطَني، قَومي


[ˌnæʃnəˈlɪstɪk] ADJnacionalista
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[ˌnæʃənəˈlɪstɪk] adj [person, pride] → nationaliste
the nationalistic pride of the Catalan people → l'orgueil nationaliste des Catalans
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[ˌnæʃnəˈlɪstɪk] adj (pej) → nazionalistico/a
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(ˈneiʃən) noun
1. a group of people living in a particular country, forming a single political and economic unit.
2. a large number of people who share the same history, ancestors, culture etc (whether or not they all live in the same country). the Jewish nation.
national (ˈnӕʃənəl) adjective
of or belonging to a particular nation. national government; national pride.
ˈnationally adverb
ˈnationalism (ˈnӕ-) noun
1. a sense of pride in the history, culture, achievements etc of one's nation.
2. the desire to bring the people of one's nation together under their own government.
ˈnationalist (ˈnӕ-) noun
ˌnationaˈlistic adjective
nationality (nӕʃəˈnӕləti) plural natioˈnalities noun
(the state of belonging to) a particular nation. `What nationality are you?' `I'm German'; You can see (people of) many nationalities in London.
ˈnationalize, ˈnationalise (ˈnӕ-) verb
to make (especially an industry) the property of the nation as a whole rather than the property of an individual.
ˌnationaliˈzation, ˌnationaliˈsation noun
national anthem
a nation's official song or hymn.
national service
in some countries, a period of compulsory service in the armed forces.
ˌnation-ˈwide adjective, adverb
(happening etc) throughout the whole nation. a nation-wide broadcast; They travelled nation-wide.
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The song "Arabi," which is a Jordanian nationalistic song, was written by Ali Al Khawar, composed by Sarhan and distributed by Talal Abu Al Ragheb.
Tsingtao had become a dead-end for ABI, since Chinese regulators (who are apparently a lot tougher and more nationalistic than American regulators) prohibited ABI from increasing existing stakes in Chinese breweries.
There should be no more attempts to dredge up nationalistic sentiments by focusing only on elements of history that are favorable to nationalistic views.
The claim that nationalism is about more than making the political and national units congruent is a strong one, since there is clear evidence that distinctively nationalistic political cultures persist, develop and flourish subsequent to the attainment of self-determination; the discussions of Iceland and the United States are particularly instructive on this point, as are the references to Billig's 'banal nationalism' thesis.
"What makes me sad is that I am more nationalistic than you are.
He is now taking Visionware directors Gordon Cooper and Willie Clinton to an employment tribunal in Birmingham in June, claiming unfair dismissal on the grounds of racial and nationalistic bias.
The Nazi Party's philosophy makes him extremely uncomfortable, yet he is drawn to the nationalistic feelings with which the Party has infused his homeland, soothing the pain of the loss of WW I.
The Japanese colonialists, along with their Chinese and Korean subjects shared the same goal of developing capitalism in Manchuria; however, the international nature of the capitalist system often meddled or clashed with the nationalistic ambitions of the various ethnic groups.
vengeful, pitiless, exploitive, manipulative, dishonest, cheaters, prejudiced, meanspirited, militant, nationalistic and two-faced."
Qantas Airways shares dipped as investors feared nationalistic sentiment could stop a possible AUD$10 billion (USD$7.8 billion) buyout by a group of international investors.
There is some evidence that Americans use this same intimate and familial frame when confronting the national and nationalistic history often reflected in popular culture.
Instead, Brahms has been regarded as a composer who, unlike his modernist contemporary Wagner, remained loyal to the Classical legacy he inherited, writing absolute instrumental music devoid of an overtly programmatic reference and thus resistant to interpretations of a nationalistic political agenda or worldview.