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nationalistna‧tion‧al‧ist1 /ˈnæʃənəlɪst/ adjective [only before noun]  1 PPGa nationalist organization, party etc wants to gain or keep political independence for their country and people the Scottish Nationalist Party the rise of the nationalist movement2 a nationalist organization or party believes that their country is the most important or the best
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nationalistOne is nationalist as much as religious.In others Communist apparatchiks remade themselves as nationalist autocrats, and stifled democracy in its crib.Nationalist candidates managed to win only one seat in the elections.The newspaper has campaigned vigorously for the nationalist cause.Ceausescu singled out this minority for especially severe treatment in order to emphasise his nationalist credentials.The differences of opinion among nationalist leaders added to the problem.All but the extreme nationalist opposition is portrayed as traitorous.In order to ensure the support of the nationalist parties Shamir increased settlement funding, including infrastructural development of the occupied territories.The Scottish Nationalist Party wants Scotland to be independent of the UK.Third World countries struggled for national independence and did so often under the banner of nationalist socialism.The point is that he has provided one; and one which even Labour's nationalist wing is little equipped to dispute.
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nationalistnationalist2 noun [countable]  1 SANPPGsomeone who is involved in trying to gain or keep political independence for their country and people Welsh nationalists2 someone who believes their country is bestpatriot
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nationalistIs Brian Moore a patriot or a nationalist?His father was a nationalist during the civil war.Then one of her aides came along and must have thought from the name Adams that I was a nationalist.The balance of Dungannon, despite two SinnFein gains, remains 11-11 between Unionists and nationalists.Overall, these groups include ethnic minorities, ethnic nationalists, indigenous groups, inter-communal contenders, and militant sects.Indian nationalists finally won independence for their country in 1947.A prime minister who sought to push an unpopular agreement through was assassinated but a religious nationalist in March 1951.Serbian nationalistsHe was relatively honest and a sincere nationalist.
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