Definition of patriot
- … praised him as a … motivated patriot who was fearless in the quest to preserve American security.
- —W. R. Hearst, Jr.
He was a great patriot who devoted his life to serving his country.
the contention that true patriots would be willing to do anything for their country
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: a person who loves and strongly supports or fights for his or her country
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