pa·​tri·​ot·​ism ˈpā-trē-ə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce patriotism (audio)
 chiefly British  ˈpa-
: love for or devotion to one's country
Although poles apart ideologically, they are both unashamed of their patriotism.Christopher Hemphill

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 There is almost no concept more abused than patriotism. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 19 Feb. 2024 Whatever the identities of individual performers, this music has always been conservative-coded, and its biggest names have rarely shied away from an aggressive style of red-meat patriotism. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 1 Feb. 2024 The horns and brass, too, were in top form — casting warm halos in the first movement before swerving into shows of sneering mock patriotism. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024 We Americans have been encouraged for years to spend as a demonstration of patriotism. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 16 Jan. 2024 Decades of growing Irish patriotism resulted in Irish Aid societies and annual parades of bagpipes and drums. USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2024 Nor is the actual physics front and center, since thematically, Nolan is far more interested in exploring questions of power, politics, patriotism, and personal internal paradoxes. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 25 Dec. 2023 But short of anyone who has actually held political office, few public figures have made a business out of their patriotism like Keith. Nadine Smith, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2024 Both enlisted in the USAAF before the attack on Pearl Harbor, inspired less by patriotism than a desire to become pilots. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of patriotism was in 1716

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“Patriotism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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pa·​tri·​ot·​ism ˈpā-trē-ə-ˌtiz-əm How to pronounce patriotism (audio)
: love of one's own country

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