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patriotism

[ pey-tree-uh-tiz-uh m or, esp. British, pa- ]
/ ˈpeɪ tri əˌtɪz əm or, esp. British, ˈpæ- /
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noun

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

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RELATED WORDS

loyalty, nationalism, allegiance, chauvinism, flag-waving

Nearby words

patrimonial, patrimony, patriot, patriot act, patriotic, patriotism, patriots' day, patripotestal, patristic, patristics, patrix

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
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British Dictionary definitions for patriotism

patriotism

/ (ˈpætrɪəˌtɪzəm) /

noun

devotion to one's own country and concern for its defenceCompare nationalism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for patriotism

patriotism


n.

1726, from patriot + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper