What does "nationalism" mean?


"Nationalism" is a devotion to one's nation and one's national identity. Nationalism can be either positive or negative depending upon the context in which it is used.

Positive nationalism encourages pride and devotion to a country. A nation whose people share in aspirations and spirit experience nationalism. A negative form of nationalism is excessive patriotism to the point of chauvinism. Another form of negative nationalism is when a nation puts its interests above the interests of all other nations. If one nation takes a shared resource as its own without regard to other nations that use that resource, that is a negative form of nationalism.

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[nash-uh-nl-iz-uhm, nash-nuh-liz-]
spirit or aspirations common to the whole of a nation.
devotion and loyalty to one's own country; patriotism.
excessive patriotism; chauvinism.
the desire for national advancement or political independence.
the policy or doctrine of asserting the interests of one's own nation viewed as separate from the interests of other nations or the common interests of all nations.
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