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patriotic

[pey-tree-ot-ik or, esp. British, pa-]
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  1. of, like, suitable for, or characteristic of a patriot.
  2. expressing or inspired by patriotism: a patriotic ode.
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Origin of patriotic

1645–55; < Late Latin patriōticus < Greek patriōtikós. See patriot, -ic
Related formspa·tri·ot·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·pa·tri·ot·ic, adjectivean·ti·pa·tri·ot·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·pa·tri·ot·ic, adjectivehy·per·pa·tri·ot·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·pa·tri·ot·ic, adjectivenon·pa·tri·ot·i·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·pa·tri·ot·ic, adjectiveo·ver·pa·tri·ot·i·cal·ly, adverbpro·pa·tri·ot·ic, adjectivepseu·do·pa·tri·ot·ic, adjectivepseu·do·pa·tri·ot·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-pa·tri·ot·ic, adjectivequa·si-pa·tri·ot·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·pa·tri·ot·ic, adjectivesem·i·pa·tri·ot·i·cal·ly, adverbul·tra·pa·tri·ot·ic, adjectiveul·tra·pa·tri·ot·ic·ly, adverbun·pa·tri·ot·ic, adjectiveun·pa·tri·ot·i·cal·ly, adverb
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adj.

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.

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