a person who loves, supports, and defends their country and its interests with devotion.
a person who values individual rights, especially one who attempts to defend those rights against presumed interference by the federal government.
Patriot, Military. a U.S. Army antiaircraft missile with a range of 37 miles (60 kilometers) and a 200-pound (90-kilogram) warhead, launched from a tracked vehicle with radar and computer guidance and fire control.
- an·ti·pa·tri·ot, noun
- sem·i·pa·tri·ot, noun
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How to use patriot in a sentence
The man behind the desk is a fictional character—a ferocious patriot exposing the limits of rigid ideology.The End of Truthiness: Stephen Colbert’s Sublime Finale | Noel Murray | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The patriot Act allows the Department of Justice to seize foreign bank assets in U.S. accounts.
“I have always considered him a friend, a patriot, and a dedicated public servant,” McCain said in a statement.Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama: Inside the Defense Secretary’s Sudden Firing | Shane Harris, Tim Mak | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Despite the trials of a lifetime and the events of this summer, Washington still calls himself a patriot.
The President, yesterday, at a patriot Day ceremony, tells me never to give into fear.Thank Goodness We’ve Got A Plan! Let the War Begin! | Michael Carson | September 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was a patriot of the noblest and most extensive views, and justly celebrated as a man of learning, eloquent and refined.
Pierre Van Cortlandt, a distinguished revolutionary patriot, died at his seat at Croton river, aged 94.
He was afterwards a member of the Massachusetts senate, and much esteemed as a physician and a patriot.
Posing as a patriot King and boasting of his love for his adopted country, he ever remained at heart a Frenchman.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
And now, having attained all he could desire, Wilkes sank the patriot in the courtier.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
British Dictionary definitions for patriot (1 of 2)
a person who vigorously supports his country and its way of life
- patriotic (ˌpætrɪˈɒtɪk), adjective
- patriotically, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for Patriot (2 of 2)
a US surface-to-air missile system with multiple launch stations and the capability to track multiple targets by radar
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