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Patriotic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    patriotic adj : inspired by love for your country [syn: loyal] [ant: unpatriotic]
Patriotic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Patriotic \Pa`tri*ot"ic\, a. [Cf. F. patriotique, Gr. ? belonging to a fellow-countryman.] Inspired by patriotism; actuated by love of one's country; zealously and unselfishly devoted to the service of one's country; as, a patriotic statesman, vigilance.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Patriotic'

Patriotism is a love and devotion to a country or homeland for no other reason than being a resident there. Patriotism, however, has had different meanings over time, and its meaning is highly dependent upon context, geography, and philosophy.

It is a related sentiment to nationalism, but nationalism is not necessarily an inherent part of patriotism.

The English term patriot is first attested in the Elizabethan era, via Middle French from Late Latin (6th century) patriota "fellow countryman", ultimately from Greek patriōtēs "fellow countryman". The abstract noun patriotism appears in the early 18th century.

Among the ancient Greeks, patriotism consisted of notions concerning language, religious ritual, ethics, law, and devotion to the common good, rather than pure identification with the state or polis. In pre-Christian antiquity, politics and the institutions of the state were inseparable from religion. Varro identified the sphere of overlap between the society or the state and religion as civil theology (contrasting with natural theology and mythical theology). Loyalty to one's state, the laws, and one's fellow citizens was an act of piety parallel to filial piety expected within a family. Plato's Euthyphro discusses the dilemma that arises when the demands of patriotic piety clash with those of filial piety.

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'Patriotic' in famous quotation sentence

* War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. - John Stuart Mill

* Sometimes I wonder if I'm patriotic enough. Yes, I want to kill people, but on both sides. - Jack Handey Deep Thoughts

* Those who misrepresent the normal experiences of life, who decry being controversial, who shun risk, are the enemies of the American way of life, whatever the piety of their vocal professions and the patriotic flavor of their platitudes. - Henry M. Wriston

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Patriotic Sample Sentences in News

  • Iraq's Maliki Says He Has a 'Patriotic Duty' to Cling to Power
    Calling it his "patriotic duty" to stay, Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told his countrymen he wouldn't leave office until a federal court ruled on his claim that the newly-elected president committed "a constitutional violation" by nominating someone else to replace him. "Holding on is an ethical and patriotic duty to defend the Read more on this news related to 'Patriotic'
  • Orchestra to play patriotic music at museum
    The Regional Military Museum is teaming up next month with South Louisiana Community Orchestra to present a Patriotic Concert in the newly opened section of the museum. Johanna Pellegrin Chmiel, president of the orchestra, explains that it is “comprised mainly of string instruments, violins, violas, cellos and basses, though we have partnered with other members Read more on this news related to 'Patriotic'
  • New Patriotic Party Burning
    By the time the Big and Small Elephants who are currently engaged in serious turf war are done fighting, there will be no grass left for the goats and sheep in this country to fodder on. Read more on this news related to 'Patriotic'

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