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[pey-tree-uh-tiz-uh m or, esp. British, pa-] /ˈpeɪ tri əˌtɪz əm or, esp. British, ˈpæ-/
devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty.
Origin of patriotism
1720-30; patriot + -ism
Related forms
antipatriotism, noun
hyperpatriotism, noun
overpatriotism, noun
propatriotism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for patriotism
  • Reagan too was an everyday hero whose life was defined by a deep patriotism.
  • Similarly, evolution did not select for national patriotism.
  • There were so many more who met their duty and their destiny with gallantry and patriotism.
  • Chinese fans were better behaved and began the night by issuing a lesson in sportsmanship and patriotism.
  • The novel challenges idealized views of patriotism and unconditional trust.
  • Capitalism knows no patriotism.
  • These spring from the heat of the conflict, and are as replete with patriotism as they are deficient in literary merit.
  • Nationalism and fanatic patriotism are detrimental to your health.
  • Their philosophy, patriotism and integrity cannot be questioned.
  • Asked if patriotism is a matter of the heart, he narrows his eyes.
British Dictionary definitions for patriotism


devotion to one's own country and concern for its defence Compare nationalism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for patriotism

1726, from patriot + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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