Definition of fatherland in US English:



often the Fatherland
  • 1A person's native country, especially when referred to in patriotic terms.

    • ‘I stood mute and broken in the winds of my fatherland, trying to listen to the part of me that wouldn't die.’
    • ‘The people called him the Apostle of Freedom because he gave his whole life for his ideal - the freedom of his fatherland.’
    • ‘You managed to do a good deed, defeating the most sinister of dictators, who destroyed the country, killed our compatriots and wasted the wealth of the fatherland.’
    • ‘He will turn you into a blessing for your environment, your fatherland, for the whole world, and guide you in bringing the world closer to God.’
    • ‘Such is the reward that traitors who betray their fatherland deserve.’
    • ‘And then in the name of that right, shall I not slay them for murdering their Queen, and be slain in my turn by their countrymen as the invader of their fatherland?’
    • ‘Neatly dressed, their hair slicked back, they beam as they are roused to fervour for the fatherland by their tutor.’
    • ‘Such a blow would be far worse than whatever damage the liberals themselves could do to the fatherland.’
    • ‘The salvation of the fatherland is left to us craftsmen and shopkeepers; but we are not equal to such a task; we've never even claimed to be capable of that.’
    • ‘We define a location as human property; we inhabit it and call it motherland, fatherland, native land, homeland.’
    • ‘It demands loyalty to the fatherland or motherland.’
    • ‘I feel that India is my motherland, and America is my fatherland.’
    • ‘I meet people instantaneously - a girl from Nice who tells me about her fascination with Portugal, and a boy from Brazil, here to discover the fatherland.’
    • ‘His existence since that dreadful event has involved the pathetic search for an alternative fatherland.’
    • ‘We Muslims have no nationality, borders or motherlands or homelands or fatherlands or nativity.’
    • ‘Had not the years of turmoil affected those to whom appeals had been made about liberating the common fatherland from a tyrant?’
    • ‘What we have to fight for is the freedom and independence of the fatherland, so that our people may be enabled to fulfill the mission assigned to it by the creator’
    • ‘He was a refugee and recalls the time that he left his fatherland with sadness.’
    • ‘This realistic film helps people experience the emotions of a student who returns to his fatherland as a Christian.’
    • ‘The man's search for a tyrannical fatherland never ends!’
    native land, native country, homeland, home, mother country, motherland, native soil, native heath, land of one's birth, land of one's fathers, the old country
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    1. 1.1historical Germany during the period of Hitler's control.