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Patriotic Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • inspired by love for your country

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Patriotic Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Patriotism means loyalty of person to his/her own nation or the leaders of nation. A patriot is a person who is on the side of his/her own nation or its leaders. Patriotism is different from nationalism. Nationalist thinks that every ethnic group should have its own nation, so nations are to serve the people. In other words in nationalism the nation is just a tool to have freedom for an ethnic group, while in patriotism the nation itself is the highest value.

A patriot may also be loyal to imperialist or colonialist nations, while nationalism is opposed to imperialism or colonialism.

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



'Patriotic' example sentence in quotations


* 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


  • PATRIOTIC OR NOT? Photographer defends picture of baby in flag
    A photograph of a newborn being cradled in an American flag held by an unknown Navy sailor has triggered heated debate over whether the picture is patriotic or  disgraceful. Read more on this news related to 'Patriotic'
  • Patriotic artist travels 50 states to thank veterans
    Scott LoBaido is an artist on a patriotic mission. In an effort to salute our nation's veterans, LoBaido is traveling the United States, painting a flag on one veterans' post in every single state. We caught up with him during his recent stop in Gulfport. Read more on this news related to 'Patriotic'
  • STARNES: In spirit of Revolutionary War, students win right to hold 'American Pride' dance
    Patriotic teenagers in the birthplace of the American Revolution held their ground and fought back attempts by school administrators to cancel an “American Pride” dance on April 10 and replace it with a more inclusive event. Read more on this news related to 'Patriotic'

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