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a person devoted to .
(initial capital letter) a member of a political group advocating or fighting for independence, a strong government, etc.
Also, nationalistic. of, relating to, or promoting :
the beginnings of a nationalist movement.
(initial capital letter) of, relating to, or noting a political group advocating or fighting for independence, a strong government, etc.
Contemporary Examples

And any Israeli who is committed to Palestinian statehood alongside Israel is also, therefore, a “Palestinian nationalist.”
Still Not a Zionist Hussein Ibish April 10, 2012

He proudly calls himself not just a nationalist but a Hindu nationalist.
Should Hindu Nationalist Narendra Modi Be Allowed a U.S. Visa? Shikha Dalmia July 30, 2013

Turning to the Palestinians, Obama should echo his Cairo speech embracing their nationalist cause as well.
What Obama Should Say In Jerusalem Gil Troy March 17, 2013

Non-college whites are the most alienated and pessimistic group in the electorate and also the most nationalist.
Defend Capitalism? David Frum July 17, 2012

Paper flags of countries that have fought for freedom hang on strings from the ceiling like nationalist Christmas lights.
Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality Noah Caldwell September 17, 2014

Historical Examples

But Marshall was as hot a nationalist as Washington himself.
The Life of John Marshall (Volume 1 of 4) Albert J. Beveridge

Even in America the voice of the nationalist is a part of the old and the unclean.
Child and Country Will Levington Comfort

He felt as if he had asked a nationalist meeting to join him in drinking confusion to the Pope.
H.M.S. —- Klaxon

This was precisely what the Afrikander nationalist desired to do.
Lord Milner’s Work in South Africa W. Basil Worsfold

The nationalist movement neared its most drastic ordeal in 1936.
Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger


“one devoted to his nation,” 1715, from national in a now obsolete sense of “patriotic” (1711) + -ist. Related: Nationalistic; nationalistically.


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