pa·​tri·​ot·​ism | \ ˈpā-trē-ə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce patriotism (audio) , 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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With an American flag waving on the ceiling-high screens behind him and an assist from featured artist U2, Lamar delivered a searing critique of American patriotism during his Grammy performance. Eliza Berman, Time, "The Best, Worst and Most Surprising Moments of the 2018 Grammys," 29 Jan. 2018 Such statements are greeted with no small amount of alarm by young Hong Kongers, who are the most alienated from China of any generation, despite concerted efforts by both the local and central governments to inculcate greater levels of patriotism. James Griffiths, CNN, "Why Hong Kong's young protesters feel they're running out of time in fight for democracy," 25 July 2019 Still, he was touched by his son's show of patriotism. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Viral photo shows 6-year-old saluting sailors at Texas airport," 23 July 2019 For those who support President Trump's immigration policies, #IceBae seems to be a symbol of patriotism, though nobody is separating her service from her race, gender, and appearance. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "The #IceBae Meme Captures the Worst of 2019 So Far," 17 July 2019 Instead, a range of party leaders were pushing messages of patriotism. New York Times, "Trump Sets the 2020 Tone: Like 2016, Only This Time ‘the Squad’ Is Here," 16 July 2019 Singers like Mohammed Wardi intertwined words from poets like Mohammed al-Makki Ibrahim, Salah Ahmed Ibrahim, and Mohamed Miftah to create melodies of patriotism—particularly during the crucial 1964 and 1985 uprisings. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Sudan’s street protests have inspired another revolution—in art," 12 July 2019 Teresa Giudice is embracing her patriotism even as husband Joe Giudice continues to be held in an immigrant detention center. Rachel Desantis,, "Teresa Giudice Celebrates Fourth of July with Daughters as Husband Joe Remains in ICE Custody," 8 July 2019 Actually, that is the decor every day, for the home in which Jerry and Jana Kyser dwell bursts with photos, commendations, medals, flags, and other symbols of their patriotism. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn M. Sullivan: The heart and muscle behind Honor Flight Twin Cities," 4 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce patriotism (audio) \

Kids Definition of patriotism

: love that a person feels for his or her country

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