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fatherland

[fah-th er-land] /ˈfɑ ðərˌlænd/
noun
1.
one's native country.
2.
the land of one's ancestors.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; father + land
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  • Capital, he said, had no conscience and no fatherland.
  • But no one was found to help them in their attacks upon their fatherland.
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fatherland

/ˈfɑːðəˌlænd/
noun
1.
a person's native country
2.
the country of a person's ancestors
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Word Origin and History for fatherland
n.

1620s, from father (n.) + land (n.). In modern use often a loan-translation of German Vaterland, itself a loan-translation of Latin patria (terra), literally "father's land." Late Old English/Middle English fæderland (c.1100) meant "parental land, inheritance."

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