patriotic

adjective
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 British  ˌpa-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for patriotic

Synonyms

nationalist, nationalistic

Antonyms

unpatriotic

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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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Here are the biggest moments from an episode that had an abundance of drama and a complete lack of patriotic slow-motion bald eagles. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Just Aired the Best Episode of the Season So Far," 17 Dec. 2018 Today's Red White and Blue Cookies are a patriotic treat for the holiday. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Red, white and blue cookies are a patriotic and healthy treat for the holiday," 2 July 2018 Depending on the day, occasional live country music or events like hot dog eating contests get people feeling patriotic. Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things To Do in Austin," 4 Mar. 2018 Read on for the ultimate patriotic itinerary and tips for making the trip out there hassle-free. Juliet Izon, Country Living, "7 Patriotic Sights to Take In on the Ultimate Philadelphia Road Trip," 15 Nov. 2018 Now, patriotic computer geeks will be pleased that the two fastest supercomputers in the world currently reside within U.S. borders, according to the newest SuperComputer TOP500 List. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Two Fastest Supercomputers In The World Now Belong To The United States," 12 Nov. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up An array of Western multinationals have stumbled in the China market over remarks or marketing campaigns that jangle patriotic and political sensitivities. WSJ, "Dolce & Gabbana Tripped Up in China by Promo Deemed Racist," 22 Nov. 2018 Head on up to the northern reaches of the North Shore and get into the patriotic spirit a bit early. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Head north and get a jump start celebrating 4th of July and summer," 26 June 2018 Out of the thin Harmattan air, dozens of militia began parading outside the salon, dressed in full uniform, singing patriotic songs and marching loudly through the otherwise quiet residential neighborhood. Rawiya Kameir, Vogue, "Does Citizenship Shape Identity? A “Third-Culture” Writer Takes Stock," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of patriotic

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of patriotic was in 1737

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patriotic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of patriotic

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

patriotic

adjective
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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