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Line breaks: pat¦ri|ot¦ic
Pronunciation: /patrɪˈɒtɪk
, peɪt-/

Definition of patriotic in English:


Having or expressing devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country: today’s game will be played before a fiercely patriotic crowd
More example sentences
  • For 40 years, he has worn his patriotic devotion to Scotland tattooed on his other arm.
  • The craze has swept the country, with patriotic motorists showing their support for the team.
  • Many students seem patriotic, expecting their nation to stand for good in the world.
nationalist, nationalistic, loyalist, loyal;
chauvinistic, jingoistic, jingo, flag-waving, isolationist, xenophobic
North American dated spreadeagle


mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek patriōtikos 'relating to a fellow countryman' (see patriot).



Pronunciation: /-ˈɒtɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • I knew this had been done before, but I'm patriotically Scottish, so it appealed to me for that reason, as did the scale of it.
  • Referring patriotically to our national heritage and history, he suggested that the seized items be surrendered to the state and placed in museums.
  • Some of those waiting, patriotically dressed in red, complained about the poor organisation of the ticket sales and lack of police control.

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