Definition of patriotism in US English:



  • The quality of being patriotic; devotion to and vigorous support for one's country.

    ‘a highly decorated officer of unquestionable integrity and patriotism’
    • ‘Politicians of all persuasions are calling for national unity and patriotism.’
    • ‘This would be a problem, because there are a lot of issues concerning patriotism and notions of nation.’
    • ‘There's a lot of patriotism here, and a lot of it is new patriotism, uncertain patriotism.’
    • ‘Why would they ask us to prove our patriotism and support for the United States?’
    • ‘It's a bizarre concept that intertwines issues of patriotism and sporting chauvinism.’
    • ‘She might have added Spenser's Britomart, whose name indicates both her patriotism and her warlike character.’
    • ‘The veteran did not forget to slip in a message or two about such things as character development and patriotism.’
    • ‘Some let religions guide them, others seek worth for their lives in patriotism and nationalism.’
    • ‘The patriotism characteristic of Americans is visible everywhere.’
    • ‘Into this steaming pot are thrown various statements about religion, culture, nationhood and patriotism.’
    • ‘What I like about the film is that it is just about war, not about the nationalism or patriotism associated with it.’
    • ‘In times of war, the distinction between patriotism and nationalism vanishes.’
    • ‘If I ruled the world, nationalism and patriotism would be abolished.’
    • ‘Is patriotism and nationalism even relevant anymore, or is this another form of tribalism?’
    • ‘I don't see it as a motivation tool, national pride or patriotism.’
    • ‘To set against this there were many examples of patriotism and patriotic fervour in the town at this time.’
    • ‘In all cases, nationalism and patriotism proved powerful cement for bonding the state with society.’
    • ‘In the face of this lack of true patriotism and support, of what use is money?’
    • ‘In the midst of such simple-minded patriotism, the quality of the acting seems pretty immaterial.’
    • ‘I suppose I have seen so many people behave stupidly because of some notion of nationalism or patriotism that it just annoys me.’
    nationalism, patriotic sentiment, allegiance to one's country, loyalty to one's country, loyalism
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