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[pey-tree-ot-ik or, esp. British, pa-] /ˌpeɪ triˈɒt ɪk or, esp. British, ˌpæ-/
of, like, suitable for, or characteristic of a patriot.
expressing or inspired by patriotism:
a patriotic ode.
Origin of patriotic
1645-55; < Late Latin patriōticus < Greek patriōtikós. See patriot, -ic
Related forms
patriotically, adverb
antipatriotic, adjective
antipatriotically, adverb
hyperpatriotic, adjective
hyperpatriotically, adverb
nonpatriotic, adjective
nonpatriotically, adverb
overpatriotic, adjective
overpatriotically, adverb
propatriotic, adjective
pseudopatriotic, adjective
pseudopatriotically, adverb
quasi-patriotic, adjective
quasi-patriotically, adverb
semipatriotic, adjective
semipatriotically, adverb
ultrapatriotic, adjective
ultrapatrioticly, adverb
unpatriotic, adjective
unpatriotically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for patriotic
  • For example, this is one of our many weeks devoted to patriotic piety.
  • High-speed rail was a patriotic symbol and the next great export.
  • Each side blasts opposing hillsides with patriotic music and recorded messages.
  • Military families here will have one more reason to feel patriotic.
  • They were told to take out cheap loans and plant as much wheat as possible as a patriotic act.
  • Here's a quick way to tap those patriotic colors with contemporary style.
  • Natural gas ads make it sound patriotic to run your dryer.
  • The citizen soldier is not only guided by his self-interest, but also of a patriotic sense of duty.
  • Many time-honored patriotic tales turn out to be more fiction than fact.
  • And manned missions make more hearts beat patriotic than nuts and bolts.
Word Origin and History for patriotic

1650s, "of one's own country," from French patriotique or directly from Late Latin patrioticus, from Greek patriotikos, from patriotes (see patriot). Meaning "loyal, supporting one's own country" is from 1757. Related: Patriotical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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