What does patriotism mean?

Definitions for patriotismˈpeɪ tri əˌtɪz əm; esp. Brit. ˈpæ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word patriotism.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. patriotism, nationalism(noun)

    love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it

    "they rode the same wave of popular patriotism"; "British nationalism was in the air and patriotic sentiments ran high"


  1. patriotism(Noun)

    Love of country; devotion to the welfare of one's country; the virtues and actions of a patriot; the passion which inspires one to serve one's country.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patriotism(noun)

    love of country; devotion to the welfare of one's country; the virtues and actions of a patriot; the passion which inspires one to serve one's country

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. patriotisme.]


  1. Patriotism

    Patriotism is a cultural attachment to one's homeland, excluding differences caused by the dependencies of the term's meaning upon context, geography and philosophy. In a generalized sense applicable to all countries and peoples, patriotism is a devotion to one's country. It is a related sentiment to nationalism. The English term patriot is first attested in the Elizabethan era, via Middle French from Late Latin patriota "countryman", ultimately from Greek πατριώτης "countryman", from πατρίς, "fatherland". The abstract noun patriotism appears in the early 18th century.

Editors Contribution

  1. Patriotism

    Devoted love, support, and defence of one's country. National loyalty.

    The party hinted at a lack of patriotism when Gorbachev celebrated his 80th birthday in London.

  2. patriotism

    The love and support a person can show for their country.

    Patriotism can manifest itself in a person singing their national anthem or supporting a nationalist party.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of patriotism in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of patriotism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Principal Sassano:

    It was taught to show patriotism.

  2. Oscar Wilde:

    Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

  3. Samuel Johnson:

    Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

  4. Tom Segev:

    Zionism has become an equivalent to patriotism.

  5. Thabiso Monkoe:

    The highest form of love is patriotism and selflessness

Images & Illustrations of patriotism

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