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 unpatriotic (audio) , chiefly British  -​ˌpa-​ \ adverb

Examples of unpatriotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two-thirds of Republicans say Democrats are unpatriotic, the Pew Research Center finds. Jon Marcus, BostonGlobe.com, "When travel resumes, politics is ‘absolutely’ likely to affect where people want to go and where they’ll feel welcome," 28 Jan. 2021 During India’s last mass protests, against the citizenship law for refugees that excluded Muslims, the government portrayed protesters as unpatriotic radicals. Sarita Santoshini, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why India's protesting farmers aren't going home," 21 Dec. 2020 Hong Kong’s government ousted four opposition lawmakers immediately after China passed a law allowing the disqualification of officials deemed unpatriotic, prompting a pro-democracy legislator to say the others would resign en masse. Iain Marlow, Fortune, "4 Hong Kong opposition lawmakers ousted minutes after Beijing passes ‘patriot’ requirement," 11 Nov. 2020 On Wednesday, Beijing forced the ouster of four lawmakers in the semiautonomous city’s local government who, under a new directive, were deemed unpatriotic and thereby disqualified from holding their posts. Washington Post, "China’s Hong Kong crackdown poses an immediate challenge for Biden," 13 Nov. 2020 The unpatriotic and irresponsible gasps of a president drowning in self-pity will be seen as pathetic and delusional. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Readers React: Your Say: Trump 2024?," 4 Dec. 2020 Criticism of the government’s strategy would have come across as opportunistic or unpatriotic. The Economist, "Bagehot Sir Keir Starmer: foresight without vision," 7 Nov. 2020 To make amends for refusing to hear the pleas for equality and justice and, worse, its role in allowing them to be framed as disrespectful and unpatriotic. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NFL gets behind player protests in opening week, but more support needed," 15 Sep. 2020 But on Wednesday, Beijing passed a resolution saying any lawmakers who support Hong Kong’s independence, or are otherwise deemed unpatriotic for misdeeds including petitioning foreign powers to intervene in the city’s affairs, must be disqualified. Washington Post, "Hong Kong disqualifies pro-democracy lawmakers as China quashes opposition," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of unpatriotic

1758, in the meaning defined above

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11 Feb 2021

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“Unpatriotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpatriotic. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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

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