A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors: a true patriot
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- Both her paternal and maternal relatives were American patriots who vigorously supported the new republic of the United States of America.
- Along the way, he proves that a true patriot is one who defends his or her country's finest ideals.
- It's the irony of the situation today that those who claim to be Indian patriots supported British rule.
late 16th century (in the late Latin sense): from French patriote, from late Latin patriota 'fellow countryman', from Greek patriōtēs, from patrios 'of one's fathers', from patris 'fatherland'.