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


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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As the British empire shrank and the notion of a grand show of military strength became antiquated (and fairly dictatorial), Trooping the Colour became more of a patriotic parade. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Queen Elizabeth Was Born in April—So Why Is Her Birthday Celebrated in June?," 5 June 2018 Ontarians’ sense of provincial identity is among the weakest in Canada, according to a survey in 2013 by Statistics Canada, a government agency (only Manitobans were less provincially patriotic). The Economist, "Doug Ford disrupts Canada’s climate policy," 28 June 2018 The firetruck sirens blared, the patriotic tunes played, the crowds cheered and the Lake Bluff Lawn Mower Precision Drill Team satirized a current event with some edgy humor. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Controversial lawn mowers, firetruck sirens and crowds cheering the parade – a typical July 4 in Lake Bluff," 6 July 2018 The annual Star-Spangled Salute performance by the Houston Symphony was the highlight of the evening complete with patriotic tunes, lights and the firing of the cannons. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Thousands celebrate Independence Day at the July 3 symphony concert," 5 July 2018 The patriotic events followed a flag-raising ceremony on the nearby City Hall Plaza. Andres Picon,, "Hundreds gather for reading of the Declaration of Independence and parade at Old State House," 4 July 2018 July 4 Fourth of July Celebration in the Town of Bel Air Join a daylong, old-fashioned celebration featuring patriotic events, including a flag-raising ceremony, parade and fireworks display. Allana Haynes,, "Summer festivals, fairs and other events in Harford County and around the state," 24 May 2018 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

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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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