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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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* 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


  • US star Duchovny sparks controversy with patriotic Russian ad
    US actor David Duchovny has stirred up a storm of debate in Russia by appearing in an ultra-patriotic beer ad in which he fantasises about being Russian. The "X-Files" and "Californication" star appears in a glossy ad for a Russian beer brand that is inspired by his eastern European origins. "There is another country, where I got my family Read more on this news related to 'Patriotic'
  • NPP Primaries in limbo; party sued
    The impending New Patriotic Party's national delegates congress to elect a new flagbearer has been thrown into limbo following a suit filed against the party and its chairman. Read more on this news related to 'Patriotic'
  • Celebrating America's Most Patriotic Brands
    It’s a fair bet that lots of consumers are looking forward to this celebrating upcoming weekend. It’s the Fourth of July. Independence Day. A celebration of our battle for independence. A celebration of pride. And freedom. Accompanied by flag waving and patriotic music, picnics in town squares, parades and fireworks, and all varieties of red-white-and-blue dec Read more on this news related to 'Patriotic'

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