pa·​tri·​ot·​ism | \ ˈpā-trē-ə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce patriotism (audio) , chiefly British ˈpa- \

Definition of patriotism

: love for or devotion to one's country Although poles apart ideologically, they are both unashamed of their patriotism.— Christopher Hemphill

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Examples of patriotism in a Sentence

You may not agree with him politically, but no one can question his patriotism. They supported the war with a fierce patriotism.
Recent Examples on the Web And the problem was, too many Republicans chose power and riding with Donald Trump, as opposed to patriotism and America. ABC News, 12 Sep. 2021 Without much explanation, the scene of patriotism and sea of red is deeply engraved in every Korean’s heart. John Hopewell, Variety, 11 Sep. 2021 Twenty years later, country fans, radio stations, and some of the artists who sang them hold onto the patriotic and sometimes jingoistic songs that sprang up after 9/11, even as the idea of patriotism itself has changed. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 10 Sep. 2021 Twenty years later, the reasons for that tell a story of the political divisions and embellished patriotism that now polarize American sports. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 Despite all the pregame ceremonies, filled with symbolism, patriotism and optimism, there was still a game to be played. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 That undeniable, swelling patriotism left him uneasy. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 8 Sep. 2021 That patriotism and love of service were part of the crowd’s common language. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 From an ideological perspective, the party wants celebrities to become role models in helping promote values such as patriotism and love for the government. Steve George, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of patriotism

1716, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of patriotism was in 1716

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16 Sep 2021

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“Patriotism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of patriotism

: love that people feel for their country


pa·​tri·​ot·​ism | \ ˈpā-trē-ə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce patriotism (audio) \

Kids Definition of patriotism

: love that a person feels for his or her country

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