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nationalism

noun [U]     /ˈnæʃ.ən.əl.ɪ.zəm/ /ˈnæʃ.nə.lɪ-/
a nation's wish and attempt to be politically independentColonisation and self-governmentPatriotism and nationalism a great or too great love of your own country: The book documents the rise of the political right with its accompanying strands of nationalism and racism.Patriotism and nationalism
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