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patriot

Syllabification: pa·tri·ot
Pronunciation: /ˈpātrēət
 
/

Definition of patriot in English:

noun

1A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
nationalist, loyalist;
chauvinist, jingoist, flag-waver
2 (Patriot) US trademark An automated surface-to-air missile designed for preemptive strikes.
Example sentences
  • ‘It is thanks to the patriots here that the Patriot has achieved such success,’ he stated.

Origin

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'.

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  • pope from (Old English):

    The word pope came via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek papas ‘bishop, patriarch’, a variant of Greek pappas ‘father’. From the same root came Late Middle English papal and papacy, and mid 16th-century papist. Patriarch (Middle English) is from Old French patriarche, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek patriarkhēs: formed from patria ‘family’ and arkhēs ‘ruling’. Patriot (late 16th century) and patriotic (mid 17th century) go back to a related Greek patris ‘fatherland’. These are connected with English papa (late 17th century) for ‘father’ and mum, all being based on the early babbling sounds produced by infants, as is daddy (Late Middle English). See also pattern

Derivatives

patriotism

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌtizəm/
noun
Example sentences
  • Neither the idealism nor the patriotism of those who serve is in question here.
  • It is so deeply wrong to viciously attack the patriotism of those who dissent peacefully.
  • The story passed from generation to generation to encourage the patriotism of Chinese children.

Words that rhyme with patriot

compatriot, expatriate

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