pa·tri·ot·ic | \ ˌpā-trē-ˈä-tik , 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, chiefly Britishˌpa- \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for patriotic


nationalist, nationalistic



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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

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Publishers questioned the business value of Franklin, and lost the patriotic intent that had inspired their support for Franklin early in the Cold War. Amanda Laugesen, Smithsonian, "This Cold War-Era Publishing House Wanted To Share American Values With the World," 13 July 2018 McQuarrie, purposefully dressed in the patriotic blue, white and red colors of the French flag, jostled to get to the center of the big pic. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "The 'Mission Impossible — Fallout' Cast on How Paris Inspired the Latest Action-Packed Installment," 13 July 2018 Maria’s Restaurant offers Pollo en Mole for $8.25 and patriotic red, white and blue peanut M&Ms for a quarter in a gumball machine near the front door. Kevin Sullivan, star-telegram, "In this Texas border town, immigration isn’t a problem — it’s a way of life," 7 July 2018 Kendall started off the weekend in not one, but two bright yellow bikinis, following it up with a white swimsuit paired with a red-and-white striped Balenciaga shirt for the actual patriotic day. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wore Black Lingerie as a Bathing Suit Cover-Up," 6 July 2018 To celebrate their homecoming, the hospital decked out the newborns in a patriotic way: wrapped in red, white and blue swaddles. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Houston family welcomes home quadruplets on Fourth of July," 5 July 2018 Judging by the latest Instagram posts from Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, the Today co-stars had all sorts of patriotic fun for the 4th of July – and their daughters did too! Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Hoda Kotb and Jenna Hager Bush Just Posted THE Cutest Videos of Their Daughters," 5 July 2018 Activities at the historic site lasted all day and included a watermelon seed spitting contest, folk dancers, a pie eating contest, relay races and patriotic speeches recited by actors. Cortlynn Stark, Hana Muslic, Katie Bernard And Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "From Prairie Village to Parkville, KC area celebrates the Fourth," 4 July 2018 Fireworks are a patriotic tradition in many countries, but are closely associated with the American revolution. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "O say can you see? The science behind the booms and blooms of Independence Day fireworks," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of patriotic

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of patriotic

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

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