patriotism

noun
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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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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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 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

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First Known Use of patriotism

1716, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of patriotism

: love that a person feels for his or her country

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