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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Patriotism'

Patriotism Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    patriotism n : love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it [syn: nationalism]
Patriotism Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Patriotism \Pa"tri*ot*ism\, n. [Cf. F. patriotisme.] Love of country; devotion to the welfare of one's country; the virtues and actions of a patriot; the passion which inspires one to serve one's country. --Berkley.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Patriotism'

Patriotism is a love and devotion to one's country. It 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 πατριώτης (patriōtēs) "fellow countryman".

During the 19th century, patriotism became increasingly conflated with nationalism, but when used in contrast with nationalism, the term may still express the more constructive, less antagonistic or aggressive ideal.

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* You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race. - George Bernard Shaw

* When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

* One of the great attractions of patriotism -- it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous. - Aldous Huxley

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