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.
Recent Examples on the Web For years, the Department of Defense was giving millions of dollars of tax-payer money to the NFL (as well as the other major sports leagues) for acts of patriotism. Tyler Stafford, Houston Chronicle, "Opinion: Sports have always been political. Get over it.," 23 Sep. 2020 Others saw her feint in the direction of patriotism as a cover for what was in fact a hostile attack on America’s founders and our constitutional system. Stanley Kurtz, National Review, "Against the 1619 Curriculum," 17 Sep. 2020 By overhauling education, government officials argue, citizens in restive areas from Xinjiang to Hong Kong could be instilled with a sense of patriotism and gain opportunities for economic advancement. Washington Post, "Chinese authorities face widespread anger in Inner Mongolia after requiring Mandarin-language classes," 31 Aug. 2020 This tension between his father’s unfettered patriotism and his mother’s distrust of it, coupled with the spike in Islamophobia after the Sept. 11 attacks, takes a toll on Akhtar. Anjali Enjeti Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Homeland Elegies,' by Ayad Akhtar," 11 Sep. 2020 Citizens displayed patriotism by rallying around the flag and supported the government’s response, Wieser said. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Following a tragedy, people come together, but the sentiment doesn’t remain, experts say," 10 Sep. 2020 During his presidential candidacy and throughout his time in office, Trump has linked his patriotism to the troops — often in a way that also explicitly set himself against Washington’s feckless politicians. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s embrace of the military gets awkward," 8 Sep. 2020 And then the Russian 'illegals' all went home and Vladimir Putin made a point of spending time with them and singing songs with them and thanking them for their patriotism. CBS News, "Former CIA senior Clandestine Services Officer Daniel Hoffman on pursuing the "Russian ten"," 26 Aug. 2020 President Trump put on a passionate defense of patriotism. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Trump's pitch for re-election: Michigan political experts weigh in on convention speech," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of patriotism

1716, in the meaning defined above

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27 Sep 2020

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“Patriotism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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