Origin of patriot
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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|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|DAILY BEAST
Two wars and The Patriot Act later, John Kerry won 54 percent of the youth vote in 2004.
You have confided to me your hopes and plans; in what I can do you will find that I am as good a patriot as you are.Ponce de Leon|William Pilling
Such is the patriot's boast, where er we roam, His first, best country ever is at home.Familiar Quotations|Various
Cicero tells us how no less austere a patriot than Brutus thus exacted from the town of Salamis in Cyprus, 48 per cent.Early Britain--Roman Britain|Edward Conybeare
Gibbin's tobacco-shop assembles all the Radicals at the same time to read the 'Patriot.'The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)|Charles James Lever
“There are two things that I hope to do, when in the patriot army,” said Dick.The Dare Boys of 1776|Stephen Angus Cox
British Dictionary definitions for patriot (1 of 2)
Word Origin for patriot
British Dictionary definitions for patriot (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for patriot
1590s, "compatriot," from Middle French patriote (15c.) and directly from Late Latin patriota "fellow-countryman" (6c.), from Greek patriotes "fellow countryman," from patrios "of one's fathers," patris "fatherland," from pater (genitive patros) "father" (see father (n.)); with -otes, suffix expressing state or condition. Liddell and Scott write that patriotes was "applied to barbarians who had only a common [patris], [politai] being used of Greeks who had a common [polis] (or free-state)."
Meaning "loyal and disinterested supporter of one's country" is attested from c.1600, but became an ironic term of ridicule or abuse from mid-18c. in England, so that Johnson, who at first defined it as "one whose ruling passion is the love of his country," in his fourth edition added, "It is sometimes used for a factious disturber of the government."
The name of patriot had become [c.1744] a by-word of derision. Horace Walpole scarcely exaggerated when he said that ... the most popular declaration which a candidate could make on the hustings was that he had never been and never would be a patriot. [Macaulay, "Horace Walpole," 1833]
Somewhat revived in reference to resistance movements in overrun countries in World War II, it has usually had a positive sense in American English, where the phony and rascally variety has been consigned to the word patrioteer (1928). Oriana Fallaci ["The Rage and the Pride," 2002] marvels that Americans, so fond of patriotic, patriot, and patriotism, lack the root noun and are content to express the idea of patria by cumbersome compounds such as homeland. (Joyce, Shaw, and H.G. Wells all used patria as an English word early 20c., but it failed to stick.) Patriots' Day (April 19, anniversary of the 1775 skirmishes at Lexington and Concord Bridge) was observed as a legal holiday in Maine and Massachusetts from 1894.