One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly in German contexts: not having allegiance to a fatherland; unpatriotic.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Nation. From fatherland + -less, after German vaterlandslos not having a homeland or fatherland, unpatriotic and (now rare) vaterlandlos not having a homeland or fatherland, unpatriotic.
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