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.
Recent Examples on the Web One of those, blacklisted from performing, now earns a living as an auto mechanic, while others weigh the possibility of exile as a last resort when caught between patriotism and self-preservation. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 This time, however, it's fueled less by patriotism and faith in government than by high levels of education, including medical degrees. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2021 There was, under all the family history and drama, a deep well of patriotism and hope in this room. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 Prosthetic devices have a deep history with patriotism and nationalistic projects. Britt H. Young, Wired, 26 Oct. 2021 The distinction that’s sometimes made between patriotism and nationalism is at the essence of his existence. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Three fundamentally American things converge at the Olympics: TV, patriotism and sports fan craziness. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 29 July 2021 For conservative activists gathered in Dallas this weekend, President Joe Biden’s slide into dementia is an article of faith, like patriotism and the sanctity of life. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 10 July 2021 Political scientists have named this ideology Christian nationalism, which fuses patriotism with Christianity. Justin Sherman, CBS News, 21 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of patriotism

1716, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of patriotism was in 1716

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27 Nov 2021

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“Patriotism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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