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

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Some even went so far as to accuse the coaching pair of being unpatriotic. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "The Voice's Kelly Clarkson and John Legend Receive Backlash for Being 'Too Political'," 14 May 2019 Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images For months, President Donald Trump has waged an all-out offensive against the NFL, arguing that football players who kneel in protest during the national anthem are disrespectful and unpatriotic. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "NFL players are protesting systemic racism. Trump wants to solve it with pardons.," 15 June 2018 Critics led by President Trump called the players unpatriotic and even said NFL owners should fire any player who refused to stand during the anthem. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "NFL putting anthem policy on hold during talks with players association," 19 July 2018 The tension is only exacerbated by criticism from President Donald Trump, who regularly slams the protests as unpatriotic and unnecessary. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Trump has repeatedly attacked the NFL. That hasn’t stopped players from protesting.," 20 Aug. 2018 President Trump has repeatedly criticized players for kneeling during the anthem calling it unpatriotic and disrespectful to the flag. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Civil rights groups urge NFL to reverse rule requiring players to stand for national anthem," 18 June 2018 These are the young men that Trump is trying today to demonize as somehow unpatriotic, and disrespectful of our military, not to mention Philadelphia fans. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "I wanted Carson Wentz to go to the White House to teach Trump about leadership | Will Bunch," 5 June 2018 Meanwhile, President Trump—who inflamed the issue last year by assailing the protests as unpatriotic—has been mostly silent on the topic this season. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Outspoken Voice of the NFL Player Protests—and It Isn’t Colin Kaepernick," 13 Nov. 2018 The Trump administration, by contrast, has consistently tried to run plays out of the authoritarian populist playbook — casting criticism and opposition as unpatriotic betrayals of the will of the people — without ever actually achieving popularity. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The lesson of the midterms: resistance works," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unpatriotic

1758, in the meaning defined above

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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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