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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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 Trump honored the sacrifice and patriotism of veterans in their 90s, who sat hunched behind him in a chilly wind at the last major milestone anniversary that most are likely to see. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Trump in Normandy: ‘We are gathered here on freedom’s altar’," 6 June 2019 The Patriot Brunch is an opportunity to celebrate the patriotism of a past or present Lake County resident who embodies the spirit of community, said Carrie Napoleon, managing director of the Lake Court House Foundation. Rob Earnshaw, Post-Tribune, "Crown Point WWII veteran recalls D-Day wounded soldiers in hospital camp," 5 June 2019 Erasmus was an internationalist who sought to establish a borderless Christian union; Luther was a nationalist who appealed to the patriotism of the German people. The New York Review of Books, "Michael Massing," 14 Jan. 2016 During the American Revolution, Mandell said, women showed their patriotism by shunning fine British textiles and wearing clothing made from coarser, homespun cloth. Washington Post, "‘Yarn Bombers’ use craft to make a statement," 18 June 2019 It has been mentioned today, seen footage this week, John pushing back against supporters that challenged my patriotism during the 2008 campaign. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Barack Obama's Speech at John McCain's Funeral," 1 Sep. 2018 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was about patriotism, the ways it is warped and wielded to turn good people into instruments of cruelty. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "R.I.P. Metal Gear Solid, the Best Video Game Series Ever," 7 Mar. 2018

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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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