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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patriotically \ ˌpā-​trē-​ˈä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce patriotically (audio) , chiefly British  ˌpa-​ \ 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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If so, the July game will be a patriotic homecoming for the American players. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "As the Reign starts its 2019 season, here’s what you need to know," 13 Apr. 2019 The contrast of the vicious confrontation with the patriotic tune emphasizes a theme of the coming season: perhaps the American dream isn't beautiful for everyone, after all. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actor Ed Speleers Breaks Down Tonight's Shocking Final Scene," 4 Nov. 2018 The Marlins will salute military personnel past and present during a patriotic-themed celebration beginning Saturday and continuing through July 4 at Marlins Park. Craig Davis,, "Marlins pay tribute to military with activities Saturday through July 4," 29 June 2018 In response to the Democrats’ plan to wear black, every Republican from cabinet members to senators plan to look their most patriotic in red, white, and blue. Leah Rodriguez, The Cut, "You’ll Never Guess What Colors Republican Women Are Wearing to the State of the Union," 30 Jan. 2018 Several professional football players followed Kaepernick's lead, inspiring a player-protest movement that received intense criticism from those who viewed the decision to kneel as anti-patriotic (including President Trump). Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "Black-ish Star Jennifer Lewis Wears Nike to the 2018 Emmys to Support Colin Kaepernick," 17 Sep. 2018 Liberals self-identify as less patriotic than conservatives. Fox News, "Adm. Mike Mullen on ex-intel officials keeping clearances; Mulvaney on potential storm clouds ahead for Trump economy," 19 Aug. 2018 Many bikes had been decorated with patriotic themes. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Family entertainment abounds in Bel Air on July 4," 4 July 2018 Independence Day activities were held throughout Southern California, many of them built around patriotic themes. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: Sparklers and fireworks at the Coliseum," 4 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 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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