[pey-tree-uh-tiz-uh m or, esp. British, pa-]


devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty.

Origin of patriotism

First recorded in 1720–30; patriot + -ism
Related formsan·ti·pa·tri·ot·ism, nounhy·per·pa·tri·ot·ism, nouno·ver·pa·tri·ot·ism, nounpro·pa·tri·ot·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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devotion to one's own country and concern for its defenceCompare nationalism
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Word Origin and History for patriotism

1726, from patriot + -ism.

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