pa·​tri·​ot·​ic | \ ˌpā-trē-ˈä-tik How to pronounce patriotic (audio) , chiefly British ˌpa- \

Definition of patriotic

1 : inspired by patriotism stirring patriotic songs patriotic organizations patriotic feelings
2 : befitting or characteristic of a patriot

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Other Words from patriotic

patriotically \ ˌpā-​trē-​ˈä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce patriotic (audio) , chiefly British  ˌpa-​ \ adverb

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Examples of patriotic in a Sentence

A patriotic fervor swept the country. hanging a flag outside one's home is a patriotic gesture
Recent Examples on the Web Doesn’t prudence dictate involvement to move the needle in America’s educational debates toward a more rational and patriotic view of America? Paul O. Carrese, National Review, 9 June 2021 The following morning — Monday, July 5 — the annual ringing of the bells will take place in all town churches at 6 a.m. followed by patriotic exercises starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Colt Memorial School., 9 June 2021 The state has allowed numerous celebratory lighting displays on the bridge to honor patriotic holidays, celebrate the Jacksonville Jaguars football team and raise disease awareness., 9 June 2021 Participation in the parade is free, and all entries must be decorated with a patriotic theme. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 8 June 2021 The country is scared and angry, sated with heroic sacrifice and patriotic grandstanding while Erdogan's cronies amass fortunes. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 8 June 2021 So instead of an LGBTQ Town, the Fisher-Paulsons went with Plan B, another kind of pride: patriotic. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 June 2021 Why not stop by and enjoy the evening in a patriotic manner and hear some great nostalgic music. cleveland, 7 June 2021 Both phrases are used in Ukraine as an official military greeting and patriotic chant that rose in popularity in the wake of the 2014 protests that saw a pro-Russian government toppled in Kyiv. NBC News, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of patriotic

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jun 2021

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“Patriotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of patriotic

: having or showing great love and support for your country : having or showing patriotism


pa·​tri·​ot·​ic | \ ˌpā-trē-ˈä-tik How to pronounce patriotic (audio) \

Kids Definition of patriotic

: having or showing love that a person feels for his or her country


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