jingoism

Jingoism is fanatical, over-the-top patriotism. If you refuse to eat, read, wear, or discuss anything that wasn't made in your own country, people might accuse you of jingoism.

Jingoism comes from the word jingo, the nickname for a group of British people who always wanted to go to war to prove the superiority of Britain. Now we use jingoism for that kind of aggressive, chauvinistic behavior in any country, or for things intended to stir up war-thirst and blind patriotism. If you see a TV show tries to get viewers to support a military cause without a critical look at whether war is necessary, call it jingoism.

Definitions of jingoism
  1. noun
    fanatical patriotism
    synonyms: chauvinism, superpatriotism, ultranationalism
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    type of:
    nationalism, patriotism
    love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it
  2. noun
    an appeal intended to arouse patriotic emotions
    synonyms: flag waving
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    type of:
    demagoguery, demagogy
    impassioned appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the populace
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