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patriot

[pey-tree-uh t, -ot or, esp. British, pa-tree-uh t] /ˈpeɪ tri ət, -ˌɒt or, esp. British, ˈpæ tri ət/
noun
1.
a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
2.
a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.
3.
(initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. Army antiaircraft missile with a range of 37 miles (60 km) and a 200-pound (90 kg) warhead, launched from a tracked vehicle with radar and computer guidance and fire control.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French patriote < Late Latin patriōta < Greek patriṓtēs fellow-countryman, lineage member
Related forms
antipatriot, noun
semipatriot, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anti patriot

patriot

/ˈpeɪtrɪət; ˈpæt-/
noun
1.
a person who vigorously supports his country and its way of life
Derived Forms
patriotic (ˌpætrɪˈɒtɪk) adjective
patriotically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via French from Late Latin patriōta, from Greek patriotēs, from patris native land; related to Greek patēr father; compare Latin pater father, patria fatherland

Patriot

/ˈpeɪtrɪət/
noun
1.
a US surface-to-air missile system with multiple launch stations and the capability to track multiple targets by radar
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Word Origin and History for anti patriot
patriot
1590s, "compatriot," from M.Fr. patriote (15c.), from L.L. patriota "fellow-countryman" (6c.), from Gk. patriotes "fellow countryman," from patrios "of one's fathers," patris "fatherland," from pater (gen. patros) "father," with -otes, suffix expressing state or condition. Meaning "loyal and disinterested supporter of one's country" is attested from c.1600, but became an ironic term of ridicule or abuse from mid-18c. in England, so that Johnson, who at first defined it as "one whose ruling passion is the love of his country," in his fourth edition added, "It is sometimes used for a factious disturber of the government."
"The name of patriot had become [c.1744] a by-word of derision. Horace Walpole scarcely exaggerated when he said that ... the most popular declaration which a candidate could make on the hustings was that he had never been and never would be a patriot." [Macaulay, "Horace Walpole," 1833]
Somewhat revived in reference to resistance movements in overrun countries in WWII, it has usually had a positive sense in Amer.Eng., where the phony and rascally variety has been consigned to the word patrioteer (1928). Oriana Fallaci ["The Rage and the Pride," 2002] marvels that Americans, so fond of patriotic, patriot, and patriotism, lack the root noun and are content to express the idea of patria by cumbersome compounds such as homeland. (Joyce, Shaw, and H.G. Wells all used patria as an English word early 20c., but it failed to stick.)
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