Nationalist, noun and adjective

Forms:
Also occasionally with small initial.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Translation of Afrikaans Nasionalis a member of the Nasionale Party the National Party.
A. noun
a. A member of any of the successive (predominantly Afrikaner) National Parties; in pl., a collective name for the National Party or its government; Nat noun sense a; NP sense 2.
1911 Farmer’s Weekly 4 Oct. 115The good party man, whether he be Nationalist or Unionist whose political attitude is one of humble worship and genuflection.
1993 K. Owen in Sunday Times 7 Nov. 22The Nationalists who destroyed South Africa’s provincial system when it showed some timid independence from central government are now demanding a full-fledged federation.
b. With defining word:
neo-Nationalist, a member of the National Party who supports old-style Nationalist thinking. Cf. neo-Nat (see Nat adjective sense 2 b), new Nat (see Nat noun sense b).
1987 Star 3 Feb. 15Though a law-and-order hawk (which to some people makes him a neo-Nationalist), Mr..has consistently been against the Nats’ racial ideology and policies.
c. comb.
Nationalist Party [fr. Afrikaans Nasionale Party National Party], (a) historical, an early name for the South African Party (see SAP noun1 sense 1 a); (b) NP sense 1.
1913 V.R. Markham S. Afr. Scene 156The first elections under the Act of Union were held in September 1910, and resulted in a majority for the Nationalist Party, General Botha becoming Prime Minister.
1983 D. Tutu Voice of One 43You are brainwashed by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) which constantly misleads you, as it does its propaganda work for the Nationalist Party.
B. adjective Of, belonging to, or characteristic of Nationalists or the National Party; Nat adjective sense 2 a.
1916 Farmer’s Weekly 20 Dec. 1450Wanted — Experienced reliable energetic single man (Nationalist) for general farming.
1993 H. Tyson Editors under Fire 11Every Nationalist speech from every political platform across the country devoted much of its content to the evils — and the dangers — of the Engelse pers, the English press.
A member of any of the successive (predominantly Afrikaner) National Parties; in pl., a collective name for the National Party or its government; Natnouna; NP2.
an early name for the South African Party (see SAPnoun1 a);
NP1
Of, belonging to, or characteristic of Nationalists or the National Party; Natadjective2 a.
Derivatives:
Hence Nationalism noun, the policies pursued by the National Party.
1961 M.A. Wall Dominee & Dom-Pas 64These things should unite all South Africans, of all races, creeds and colours, all who do not wish to disgrace their humanity, in one common opposition to Nationalism and all it entails.
1983 M. Du Plessis State of Fear 41We’ve lived under Afrikaner Nationalism all our lives.

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