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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For many Americans, this Fourth of July wasn’t marked by Sousa marches and patriotism, but rather a skeptical view of the government’s actions, domestically and abroad, let alone of traditional American values and celebrations. Marissa Vonesh, Smithsonian, "How the Fourth of July Was Celebrated (and Protested) in 1968," 3 July 2018 Oppenheimer and his dedicated team of scientists work under the dual pressures of patriotism and moral conscience. Paul Ross, Popular Mechanics, "I Am Become Opera: An Atomic Show In the Shadow of Los Alamos," 27 July 2018 Others have taken to Twitter to declare Okoumou a hero, commending her for her patriotism and willingness to fight for what matters. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A Woman Climbed the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July to Protest Family Separation at the Border," 5 July 2018 Since the 1950s, more than 60,000 students have participated nationally in these DAR contests, which are designed to promote patriotism and appreciation of history, and to enhance education for America’s future leaders. Courtney Mcgee,, "Two students, two scoutmasters honored," 23 May 2018 For its violence, for its over-the-top patriotism for the what many on the left perceive to be outdated notions of manhood and for the militaries or culture there. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The NFL is like a drug lord and football is like crack,’ says ‘Big Game’ author Mark Leibovich," 10 Sep. 2018 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

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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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