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[pey-tree-ot-ik or, esp. British, pa-] /ˌpeɪ triˈɒt ɪk or, esp. British, ˌpæ-/
of, like, suitable for, or characteristic of a patriot.
expressing or inspired by patriotism:
a patriotic ode.
Origin of patriotic
1645-55; < Late Latin patriōticus < Greek patriōtikós. See patriot, -ic
Related forms
patriotically, adverb
antipatriotic, adjective
antipatriotically, adverb
hyperpatriotic, adjective
hyperpatriotically, adverb
nonpatriotic, adjective
nonpatriotically, adverb
overpatriotic, adjective
overpatriotically, adverb
propatriotic, adjective
pseudopatriotic, adjective
pseudopatriotically, adverb
quasi-patriotic, adjective
quasi-patriotically, adverb
semipatriotic, adjective
semipatriotically, adverb
ultrapatriotic, adjective
ultrapatrioticly, adverb
unpatriotic, adjective
unpatriotically, adverb Unabridged
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  • The legislator who puts them in another order is doing an unholy and unpatriotic thing.

    Laws Plato
  • The principal shopkeepers of Monaghan have unpatriotic names.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • It seems a most unpatriotic proceeding to pay them in German money.

  • Remember, not all the German-Americans in this country are unpatriotic.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
  • I could not think that he was so vain, so greedy, so selfish, and so unpatriotic.

    The Fixed Period

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for unpatriotic


/ˌʌnpeɪtrɪˈɒtɪk; ˌʌnpæ-/
not enthusiastically supporting one's country and its ways of life
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Word Origin and History for unpatriotic



1650s, "of one's own country," from French patriotique or directly from Late Latin patrioticus, from Greek patriotikos, from patriotes (see patriot). Meaning "loyal, supporting one's own country" is from 1757. Related: Patriotical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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