pa·​tri·​ot·​ism | \ˈpā-trē-ə-ˌti-zəm, 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.

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Intel chiefs claim their rabid anti-Trump behavior is patriotism. Fox News, "Former top intelligence officials come to Brennan's defense," 18 Aug. 2018 Anyone who refuses to recognize that Donald Trump has raised the hate meter in this country to DEFCON 1 (our nation’s highest threat alert) is choosing politics over patriotism, despotism over common sense, anarchy over democracy. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Rochelle Riley: Threats to journalists are threats to America," 8 July 2018 By the early part of the 20th century, ice cream in America had also taken on dimensions of dogmatic patriotism. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018 Her special love for that holiday centered on sparking people's interest in patriotism., "Barbara Hambach," 5 June 2018 Yet the same people who grumble that players are using the NFL stage to protest have no issue wrapping that same stage in patriotism — with symbols that mean different things to different people in this culturally diverse society. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Not only would national anthem policy for NFL be harmful, it would be hollow," 21 May 2018 Located on the island where it was thought Duston had killed the Native American family, it was unveiled on June 17th, the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, making the link between Duston, her violent acts, and American patriotism explicit. Barbara Cutter, Smithsonian, "The Gruesome Story of Hannah Duston, Whose Slaying of Indians Made Her an American Folk “Hero”," 9 Apr. 2018 The limestone face of the building features six sculpted figures that represent courage, memory, peace, victory, liberty and patriotism, according to the memorial's website. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Why there's scaffolding around much of the Indiana War Memorial," 13 July 2018 Meanwhile, Tommy Lee Jones strides around as the living embodiment of journalism’s pre-CNN gravitas, but the only non-white character of note, the aforementioned soldier (Luke Tennie), is a victim at best, a prop for naïve patriotism at worst. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Liberal outrage in Rob Reiner's 'Shock and Awe'," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of patriotism

1716, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of patriotism

: love that a person feels for his or her country

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