[pey-tree-uh-tiz-uh m or, esp. British, pa-]
- devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty.
Origin of patriotism
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Examples from the Web for patriotism
It is an unusual kind of patriotism in the name of national security.Why Did We Panic After 9/11 and Ignore All We Knew About Responding to Security Threats?
December 18, 2014
His policies helped engender the rise of an intolerant and severe nationalism that conflates piety with patriotism.Why So Many Pakistanis Hate Their Nobel Peace Prize Winner
October 10, 2014
Some of it was fueled by patriotism, and some by state, local, and even just family affinities.America’s Slumbering Secession Obsession
September 23, 2014
But properly channeled, nationalism and patriotism are matters of the heart that cut to our deepest ideas of who we are.The United States Needs Corporate 'Loyalty Oaths'
August 4, 2014
At first it was raucous, trembling with patriotism, a sea of seething yellow.Germany Humiliates World Cup Host Brazil 7-1 in Semifinal Slaughter
July 8, 2014
His wisdom and patriotism will become henceforth conspicuous.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
I thank him publicly for his companionship and his patriotism.The Uncommercial Traveller
The note of patriotism righted me and I looked a third time.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
He came forward from the throng; his eyes glistened with the fire of patriotism.Imogen
Patriotism with them was rather a subject for eloquence than use.
- devotion to one's own country and concern for its defenceCompare nationalism
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Word Origin and History for patriotism
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