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Nationalism in a Sentence

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Below you will find the definition of nationalism, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.

nationalism(năshˈə-nə-lĭzˌəm, năshˈnə-)

(noun) - the doctrine that nations should act independently (rather than collectively) to attain their goals

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EXAMPLES - Nationalism in a Sentence

  1. Something more than nationalism is at work in Asia. (source)
  2. Yeah, when people protest, nationalism is the only explanation. (source)
  3. The word nationalism appears to have been replaced by regionalism. (source)
  4. The pride of a national group or nation is what we call nationalism. (source)
  5. All this you call nationalism, and there is something in the accusation. (source)
  6. But nationalism is a slippery opponent, even, surprisingly enough, in Canada. (source)
  7. Therefore, the notion of nationalism seems very fragile in contemporary society. (source)
  8. You use the word nationalism, which may be considered to be excessive patriotism. (source)
  9. To be fair, rum-amok nationalism is only really a problem in a few Southern states. (source)
  10. That can be an ugly word here, just as "nationalism" is an ugly word in some usages. (source)
  11. Labelling its popularity as a symptom of a "dangerous" increase in English nationalism. (source)
  12. For me, nationalism is the Koran-burning, the Arizona immigration law, and the Iraq War. (source)
  13. It advised the United States to support Latin American nationalism or face the growth of Communism. (source)
  14. Tied to the idea of nationalism, political romanticism would not be without influence on the theater of (source)
  15. Above all, Russian nationalism translates into a desire to restore traditional dominance over the other republics. (source)
  16. RAPOPORT: That's absolutely right and I think a lot of these same issues -- economic nationalism, which is immigration. (source)
  17. The IRA was never able to dominate its 'internal enemies' within Irish nationalism, such as the SDLP or the Irish government. (source)
  18. There is a wide offer of interesting sociological and political science work on nationalism, which is beginning to be summarized in: (source)
  19. The party for the last two decades especially has tried to stimulate Chinese nationalism and induce the attitude that nationalism is us. (source)
  20. Of course, it forgot to mention the one country above all others where so-called nationalism and protectionism is a national religion - the US. (source)
  21. For me 'nationalism' is the democratic right to self-determination, and that includes the right to choose union AND the right to choose separation. (source)
  22. Thus Canada eagerly aligns itself against Latin American nationalism, the most powerful force on the continent, as its first real engagement in the region. (source)
  23. It's amusing how virulent nationalism is assumed without argument to be the appropriate moral stance by just about everyone in the debate (and in these comments). (source)
  24. There is another aspect of nationalism, which is psychologically distinct from patriotism as love of country, because primitively it is based upon a different motive. (source)
  25. Peter Rutland, a professor of government at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, says that in the US, the word "nationalism" often has negative connotations. (source)
  26. Confusion and difference of views are likely to arise from a failure to distinguish in the idea of nationalism as a whole, between two very different emotions and purposes. (source)
  27. I fear you have sadly underestimated the surge in English nationalism if you think it is "indifference" and that we are only reacting to Alex salmond, the latest decoloniser. (source)
  28. Whether the postbellum unity and morale for resistance can properly be called nationalism or not, it came closer to approximating that goal than what the Confederacy achieved. (source)
  29. The Nixon administration sought to protect the economic and commercial interests of the United States during a period of heightened Latin American nationalism and expropriations, (source)
  30. You really expect people to believe that what nationalists do, the history of nationalism, is irrelevant but what some basement IT guy insists * must* be true is the only appropriate definition? (source)
  31. The Irish have a valid excuse - the IRA threaten, beat and are willing to shoot anyone who opposes their ethnocidal neo-Marxist multi-culti version of 'nationalism' - but the American leaders have none. (source)
  32. Thus the only sincere answer to Irish nationalism is English nationalism, which is a reality; and not English imperialism, which is a reactionary fiction, or English internationalism, which is a revolutionary one. (source)
  33. The mention of Chinese debt-holders seems designed to resonate with people's sense of economic nationalism, which is probably running higher amid the very deep sense of worry that people have about the credit crisis. print share (source)
  34. It is the object of what is called nationalism including patriotism, the ideal of loyalty to nation or state as the common fatherland which exists to assure the well-being of the people, and the safety of which is approved by God. (source)
  35. The TNA appears to be the most favorite candidate to fill this vacuum because of their political base in Tamil nationalism but they are unable to do so without demonstrating how they have come out of the violent and totalitarian cohabitation with the LTTE. (source)
  36. Columnist Jonathan Alter says that boycotting the Olympics would send a necessary message, but NEWSWEEK International editor Fareed Zakaria says boycotting would be the wrong approach when this is really a question of Chinese nationalism, which is very little understood in the West. (source)
  37. At the same time, the administration should not push for any new round of UNSC-approved sanctions against Iran because, aside from serious doubts about the legality of such sanctions (which I have explained in another article), the hardliners will use them to incite Iranian nationalism, which is very fierce. (source)
  38. Ethnic nationalism is always problematic, but Zionism is founded on a specifically 19th century Germanic nationalism compounded by colonialism defended now in the 21st century. 3/4 of a million people who had nothing to do with the recent crimes of Europe were thrown off their land and they and their descendants are refugees in camps and in a diaspora in the region and beyond. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 36.0, which suggests that "nationalism" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 7 synonyms for nationalism.

bellicism, ethnocentricity, fanatical patriotism, fanaticism, jingoism, narrowness, zealotry


We have 1 antonym for nationalism.



Pronunciation: (năshˈə-nə-lĭzˌəm, năshˈnə-)

Syllabification: na-tion-al-ism


View up to 25 definitions of nationalism from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (noun) Devotion to the interests or culture of one's nation.
  2. (noun) The belief that nations will benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, emphasizing national rather than international goals.
  3. (noun) Aspirations for national independence in a country under foreign domination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (noun) Patriotism; the idea of supporting one's country and culture.
  2. (noun) Support for the creation of a sovereign nation (which does not currently exist).
  3. (noun) Jingoism; the support of one nation's interests to the exclusion of others; the hatred of other nations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) The state of being national; national attachment; nationality.
  2. (noun) An idiom, trait, or character peculiar to any nation.
  3. (noun) National independence; the principles of the Nationalists.
  4. (noun) A devotion to one's country; patriotism
  5. (noun) The policy of advocating the independence of one's country.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (noun) National spirit or aspirations; devotion to the nation; desire for national unity, independence, or prosperity.
  2. (noun) Specifically, in Ireland, the political program of the party that agitates for more or less complete separation from Great Britain.
  3. (noun) An idiom or a phrase peculiar to a mation; a national trait or peculiarity.
  4. (noun) The conduct of all business by the public for the benefit of the public; the substitution of public for private control of all business.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) the doctrine that nations should act independently (rather than collectively) to attain their goals
  2. (noun) the doctrine that your national culture and interests are superior to any other
  3. (noun) the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination
  4. (noun) love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it