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[pey-tree-uh-tiz-uh m or, esp. British, pa-] /ˈpeɪ tri əˌtɪz əm or, esp. British, ˈpæ-/
devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty.
Origin of patriotism
First recorded in 1720-30; patriot + -ism
Related forms
antipatriotism, noun
hyperpatriotism, noun
overpatriotism, noun
propatriotism, noun Unabridged
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  • See to it that the new associations make for righteousness and patriotism.

    Aliens or Americans? Howard B. Grose
  • There were no resources for them in emotions of valour or patriotism.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • We have failed to appreciate that the Indian, in being driven from his lands, has retaliated from motives of patriotism.

    Stories of the Badger State Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • It was all new and exciting, and there was a spice of patriotism mixed up with it.

  • He mounted the rude platform hastily erected in front of the state house, burning with indignation, and glowing with patriotism.

    The Cavaliers of Virginia William A. Caruthers
British Dictionary definitions for patriotism


devotion to one's own country and concern for its defence Compare nationalism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for patriotism

1726, from patriot + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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