un·​pa·​tri·​ot·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌpā-trē-ˈä-tik How to pronounce unpatriotic (audio) , 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 How to pronounce unpatriotically (audio) , chiefly British  -​ˌpa-​ \ adverb

Examples of unpatriotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Treason is not a catch-all phrase for unpatriotic acts. Stefanie Lindquist, The Conversation, "Does impeachment need a crime? Not according to framers of the Constitution," 26 Jan. 2020 The general public in much of the U.S. was uninformed about the virus because of the crackdown on news and any speech deemed unpatriotic. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From parade to pandemic: Museum looks at 1918’s deadly flu," 27 Sep. 2019 While supporters have praised Kaepernick for drawing attention to important social issues, critics — including President Trump — have decried the protests as unpatriotic. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Colin Kaepernick will work out for NFL teams on Saturday in Atlanta," 12 Nov. 2019 But many others would disagree, and might consider any athlete who took a similar action as unpatriotic. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Pan Am Games Protesters Get Probation. Olympians Get a Warning.," 21 Aug. 2019 Negative feedback loop The shoe manufacturer's decision prompted a rush to condemn Nike as unpatriotic by right-leaning lawmakers including Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Will Betsy Ross flag shoe controversy hurt Nike or help it?," 4 July 2019 Bloom attacked both Mead and Benedict, and the notion that teachers who preach cultural relativism are turning American students into unpatriotic nihilists has been a recurrent theme in political rhetoric ever since. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How Cultural Anthropologists Redefined Humanity," 19 Aug. 2019 Others saw it as disrespectful, a brazen unpatriotic act. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Dee Haslam talks Browns, off-field initiatives, culture of leadership," 9 Aug. 2019 Familiar narratives have reemerged suggesting that nonwhite Americans are inferior, menacing and unpatriotic. Ruben Navarrette Jr., The Mercury News, "Navarrette: America’s dialogue on race is now a vexing monologue," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of unpatriotic

1758, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jan 2020

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“Unpatriotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpatriotic. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unpatriotic

: not having or showing love and support for your country : not patriotic

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