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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of patriotism was in 1716

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“Patriotism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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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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