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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
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Examples from the web for unpatriotic
  • It is an unpatriotic sell-out to foreigners, cry many.
  • Making money out of other people's misery seems downright mean and unpatriotic.
  • Also, it is not unpatriotic to recognize that this is so.
  • Anyone who speaks out against these things is treated as unpatriotic.
  • When she entertained, critics accused her of unpatriotic extravagance.
  • Tax dodging by contractors taking taxpayer dollars to support our military is not only unfair, it is unpatriotic and unacceptable.
  • Most suffered the idea of poisoning rather than being unpatriotic.
  • He also writes that he feels bounty money is unpatriotic.
  • He also expounds his feeling toward bounty money as unpatriotic.
  • Fireworks manufacturers claim banning fireworks is unpatriotic.
British Dictionary definitions for unpatriotic


/ˌʌnpeɪtrɪˈɒtɪk; ˌʌnpæ-/
not enthusiastically supporting one's country and its ways of life
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Word Origin and History for unpatriotic



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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