[pey-tree-ot-ik or, esp. British, pa-]


of, like, suitable for, or characteristic of a patriot.
expressing or inspired by patriotism: a patriotic ode.

Nearby words

  1. patrilocal,
  2. patrimonial,
  3. patrimony,
  4. patriot,
  5. patriot act,
  6. patriotism,
  7. patriots' day,
  8. patripotestal,
  9. patristic,
  10. patristics

Origin of patriotic

1645–55; < Late Latin patriōticus < Greek patriōtikós. See patriot, -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for unpatriotic



not enthusiastically supporting one's country and its ways of life
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Word Origin and History for unpatriotic



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper