un·pa·tri·ot·ic | \ ˌən-ˌpā-trē-ˈä-tik , chiefly British -ˌpa- \

Definition of unpatriotic 

: not feeling or showing love for or devotion to one's country : not patriotic protesters accused of being unpatriotic a time when opposition to the war was considered unpatriotic

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unpatriotically \ˌən-ˌpā-trē-ˈä-ti-k(ə-)lē, chiefly British-ˌpa- \ adverb

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Independent voters also think the players who kneel aren't unpatriotic. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "NFL players who kneel during anthem aren't unpatriotic, most voters say," 7 June 2018 Amid controversy from the White House to football stadiums, voters in a new poll say that professional football players who take a knee are not unpatriotic. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Q Poll: Voters Disagree With Donald Trump On Protesting NFL Players," 7 June 2018 But around the league there were players who knelt in silent protest of the treatment of African-Americans by police, and Trump blasted them as unpatriotic. Jason Carroll, CNN, "NFL star has a message for many of you in the discussion on racial injustice: 'You aren't listening'," 6 June 2018 Trump has frequently tweeted criticism of athletes and NFL players who kneel, painting them as unpatriotic and calling for them to be fired. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Man Kneels During the National Anthem at President Trump's White House Event," 5 June 2018 Trump had utterly cowed the league’s owners into banning protests against police brutality, and had achieved at least some success in casting the players as unpatriotic. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Going to Lose His War on Football," 5 June 2018 The league rolls on despite half of the country thinking its players are unpatriotic ingrates, and despite a Commissioner Who Couldn't Shoot Straight seeming hapless and helpless to make anything better. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Hell Week: Why Roger Goodell's new NFL anthem-protest policy is blowing up in his face | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 More recently, national anthem protests led by Colin Kaepernick and other athletes have been framed by critics as divisive and unpatriotic. Crystal Marie Fleming, Vox, "Maxine Waters and the trope of the “angry black woman”," 29 June 2018 In his Valley 101 column, Thompson said the reader suggested that using the term haboob was unpatriotic. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "This is why dust storms are called 'haboobs' in Arizona," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of unpatriotic

1758, in the meaning defined above

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