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Unpatriotic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    unpatriotic adj : showing lack of love for your country [syn: disloyal] [ant: patriotic]
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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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