patriotic

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From the Late Latin patriōticus, from the Ancient Greek πατριωτικός (patriōtikos), from πατριώτης (patriōtēs); compare the French patriotique.

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patriotic (comparative more patriotic, superlative most patriotic)

  1. Inspired by patriotism; actuated by love of one's country; zealously and unselfishly devoted to the service of one's country; as, a patriotic statesman, vigilance.
    • 1885Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado
      But if patriotic sentiment is wanted,
      I've patriotic ballads cut and dried;
      For where'er our country's banner may be planted,
      All other local banners are defied!

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