pa·​tri·​ot·​ism ˈpā-trē-ə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce patriotism (audio)
 chiefly British  ˈpa-
: love for or devotion to one's country
Although poles apart ideologically, they are both unashamed of their patriotism.Christopher Hemphill

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 But short of anyone who has actually held political office, few public figures have made a business out of their patriotism like Keith. Nadine Smith, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2024 Both enlisted in the USAAF before the attack on Pearl Harbor, inspired less by patriotism than a desire to become pilots. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Jan. 2024 Britton and Galifianakis’ characters feel pride in what some — but hardly all, and certainly not the system — see as patriotism. Peter Debruge, Variety, 20 Jan. 2024 Allied serendipitously ventured into flag-making only a few months before the 9/11 attacks amped up our national patriotism in 2001. David Frese, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 Whether driven by repulsion from Russia or patriotism for their own nation, Ukrainians are changing their lingua franca – and their society. Lydia Tomkiw, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Dec. 2023 The scandal has highlighted how increasingly anything that deviates from Russia’s conservative patriotism will not be tolerated. Francesca Ebel, Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2023 The armed forces have in the past drawn from families and regions that emphasize traditional values, including patriotism. WSJ, 26 Dec. 2023 Many said they were driven by patriotism, a desire to escape prison or a craving for action after years of confinement. Oleg Matsnev Gray Beltran, New York Times, 4 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of patriotism was in 1716

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“Patriotism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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pa·​tri·​ot·​ism ˈpā-trē-ə-ˌtiz-əm How to pronounce patriotism (audio)
: love of one's own country

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