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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NATION

As the nation develops, it must produce men of high culture.

The Germans use a greater variety of patterns than any other nation.

With the accuracy of his nation, he beamingly replied, "Seeshundredtousand."

No nation has ever before been embarrassed from too large a surplus in its treasury.

They have claims on the magnanimity and, I may add, on the justice of this nation which we must all feel.

It is not your privilege as a nation to speak of a distant past.

That which was the body has come to be only the rich fringe of the nation's robe.

Will their successors falter and plead organic impotency in the nation?

Our nation is in number more than half that of the British Isles.

The work which we are doing there redounds to our credit as a nation.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French nacion "birth, rank; descendants, relatives; country, homeland" (12c.) and directly from Latin nationem (nominative natio) "birth, origin; breed, stock, kind, species; race of people, tribe," literally "that which has been born," from natus, past participle of nasci "be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus). Political sense has gradually predominated, but earliest English examples inclined toward the racial meaning "large group of people with common ancestry." Older sense preserved in application to North American Indian peoples (1640s). Nation-building first attested 1907 (implied in nation-builder).

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