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

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Synonyms for patriotism

Synonyms

nationalism

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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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Because so many white evangelicals feel that their role in America is under siege, perceived slights against the notion of Christian patriotism take on an outsize effect. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "What one pastor’s anti-Nike protest says about religion and nationalism in America," 14 Sep. 2018 Firefighters in Minnesota were in awe on Tuesday when an eagle — the ultimate symbol of American patriotism — perched on a 9/11 memorial. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Eagle perches on Minnesota 9/11 flag display: See the photo," 11 Sep. 2018 Its sky-diving team and its touring rock band will work to draw crowds, and top brass will speak at events promoting leadership and patriotism. Dave Philipps, The Seattle Times, "The Army, in need of recruits, turns focus to Seattle, other liberal-leaning cities," 2 Jan. 2019 And here’s a tip: The season is looking red, white, and blue, reclaiming notions of patriotism and patriotisme for all. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of December 10, 2018," 10 Dec. 2018 The bicentennial in 1976 tapped into latent patriotism and led to a new wave of preservation and protection. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rethinking the modern house museum," 12 Oct. 2018 Historic preservation, patriotism and education are the three prime objectives of the heritage organization. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Daughters of American Revolution keep marching ...community news," 12 July 2018 On Wednesday evening, Super Bowl champion Chris Long wrote that the NFL’s new rule wasn’t about patriotism, but about the fear that President Donald Trump would criticize the NFL if the organization would have allowed players to protest. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Eagles' Chris Long on NFL's new anthem policy: 'This is not patriotism'," 24 May 2018 Yet the field was about more than merely patriotism. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Transformed How We Teach Geography," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of patriotism

1716, in the meaning defined above

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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

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