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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Her patriotism during the Revolution appeared to be disregarded after the ratification of the Constitution. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Remembering the Woman Who 'Signed' the Declaration of Independence," 4 July 2018 When Independence Day rolls around each year, Americans opt for different ways of showing their patriotism. Andres Picon,, "Norwood resident paints huge American flag on his lawn for the Fourth of July," 4 July 2018 The flag isn’t a costume: Thinking about doing a DIY outfit to show your patriotism? Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Flag Day: Why we celebrate on June 14," 14 June 2018 Wochit The Fourth of July presents the perfect opportunity to escape the Phoenix heat and enjoy the parades, fireworks and other fruits of patriotism. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Best Fourth of July fireworks, events around Arizona," 20 June 2018 Fall in line with Trump's idea of patriotism or be accused of disrespecting the military and the American people. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Uninvited Eagles the latest example of Donald Trump's awful (yet brilliant) subterfuge," 6 June 2018 As Americans prepare to celebrate the nation’s 242nd birthday, some feel a deeper sense of patriotism. Philip Marcelo, The Seattle Times, "Social issues roiling US weigh heavy on Independence Day," 3 July 2018 This was the era of civil religion, when the idea of faith as a pillar of patriotism was widely affirmed. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "David Brooks needs a name for his new religion.," 13 June 2018 What has happened to the idea that patriotism is about supporting freedom and not restricting it? Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Kaepernick's story remains the same. What that says about us. | The Sacramento Bee," 13 Apr. 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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