A helpful semantics lesson from ABC Washington bureau chief Zoe Daniel in the wake of President Trump’s declaration he’s a nationalist:
What is nationalism?
According to Merriam-Webster, it’s “loyalty and devotion to a nation”, and especially, “a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others…”.
Patriotism, Merriam-Webster goes on, is similar, “but it does not necessarily imply an attitude of superiority”.
Examples of nationalism in a sentence:
“The war was caused by nationalism and greed.”
“Nazism’s almost epic nationalism appealed to downtrodden Germans still suffering the humiliation of being defeated in World War I.”
Daniel doesn’t link to Merriam-Webster because she edited the definition, which reads in full:
1: loyalty and devotion to a nation
especially: a sense of national consciousness (see CONSCIOUSNESS sense 1c) exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups
A separate Merriam-Webster article compares patriotism and nationalism, noting:
One of the many difficulties inherent in creating a dictionary that accurately reflects the language of any large group of people is that these people may not all view certain words and values as equal. Nationalism and patriotism present us with an appropriately problematic pair with which to illustrate this. Are these words synonymous? Is one an insult, and the other not? Can either of them mean different things to different people?
The article’s conclusion:
“It seems certain that, at least with nationalism, it may mean different things to different people.”
Leftards do not believe in nations so they’ve highjacked the word to use a slur.