Definition of patriotic in US English:



  • Having or expressing devotion to and vigorous support for one's country.

    ‘today's game will be played before a fiercely patriotic crowd’
    • ‘Flags and patriotic songs are antidotes to the depression that has descended on the nation.’
    • ‘For instance, on the home front, there is still an extraordinary absence of patriotic display.’
    • ‘The craze has swept the country, with patriotic motorists showing their support for the team.’
    • ‘I was and still am a very patriotic and loyal subject to the crown and to the services of this country.’
    • ‘It is a speech full of high-minded expressions of patriotic responsibility.’
    • ‘This was first evident at a patriotic rally organised by government in support of the idea.’
    • ‘For 40 years, he has worn his patriotic devotion to Scotland tattooed on his other arm.’
    • ‘It was the wise and patriotic guidance of the old families which forged Scotland's cultural image.’
    • ‘The whole apparatus of the state was geared to fighting a national and patriotic war.’
    • ‘Her husband had no choice but to agree with that most patriotic of statements.’
    • ‘They don't see that the fiercely patriotic Indian army is as brave and committed as any army.’
    • ‘What was more we were at war and were fervently patriotic supporters of King and Country.’
    • ‘What you see is what he is: a passionate, patriotic American with a liking for straight talking.’
    • ‘Intensely patriotic, that kind of recognition means a good deal to him.’
    • ‘Many students seem patriotic, expecting their nation to stand for good in the world.’
    • ‘It was not an aggressive or threatening sentiment, but it was rationally patriotic.’
    • ‘Behind her hangs an aptly patriotic map of the United Provinces of Holland.’
    • ‘The fact that it eventually settled for patriotic loyalism could not be taken for granted.’
    • ‘Then it became our patriotic duty to see such films, and some of them were good.’
    • ‘His reasons for embracing the Falklands were more pragmatic than patriotic.’
    nationalist, nationalistic, loyalist, loyal
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Mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek patriōtikos ‘relating to a fellow countryman’ (see patriot).