patriotism

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for patriotism

Synonyms

nationalism

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

That same imperative is why the Left is suspicious of patriotism. Kyle Smith, National Review, "What Would Orwell Think of Us?," 11 June 2019 Trump’s address was his first as president that encompassed such a broad mix of history, patriotism and pathos. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Trump in Normandy: ‘We are gathered here on freedom’s altar’," 6 June 2019 Every year, in the middle of summer, Americans gather to show their patriotism on the 4th of July. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Is Starbucks Open on the 4th of July?," 4 June 2019 Beware the bald eagle: Bald eagles, typically associated with American patriotism, have a less than majestic reputation in Dutch Harbor. National Geographic, "Fun Facts About the Bering and Chukchi Seas," 26 Mar. 2019 That feeling of togetherness, and therefore patriotism, was badly needed in post-Civil War America. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Why Do Carrot Hot Dogs Make You So Mad?," 3 July 2018 Motivated as much by profits as patriotism, they were also recruited by Washington into a makeshift naval force, commissioned to fight for independence. Peter Andreas, Washington Post, "Breaking border laws is as American as it gets," 3 July 2018 Russia Cyclocopter Redux The Advanced Research Foundation is proud to be following in the footsteps of Sverchkov, a Russian pioneer—but they are motivated by more than patriotism. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "After More Than a Century, the Cyclocopter Is Making a Comeback," 5 Apr. 2019 The choice is simple, between partisanship and patriotism. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails," 27 Mar. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'patriotism.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of patriotism

1716, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for patriotism

patriotism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of patriotism

: love that people feel for their country

patriotism

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on patriotism

What made you want to look up patriotism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!