A blend of alma mater and patriotism, later reanalysed as being derived from matri- by analogy with patriotism. Though attested since the mid-19th century, the continued placement of the word within quotation marks suggests it is often regarded as a neologism.
- School, hometown, or parish pride or loyalty, as opposed to nationalism or patriotism. [from 19th c.]
1856, James Russell Lowell, “To Miss Norton”, in Charles Eliot Norton, editor, The Letters of James Russell Lowell, New York, N.Y.: Harper's Magazine, published September 1893, OCLC 20748262, page 270:
- I am delighted with your matriotism. "Rome, Venice, Cambridge!" I take it for an ascending scale, Rome being the first step and Cambridge the glowing apex.
1885, H[enry] C[harles] Beeching, “Rhymes à la Mode. By A. Lang [book review]”, in The Academy: A Weekly Review of Literature, Science, and Art, volume 27, number 667, London, OCLC 780321100, pages 108–109:
- Love or celebration of a woman's influence upon society; the female equivalent to male patriotism.
1894, The New England Kitchen Magazine: A Monthly Journal of Domestic Science, volume 1, Boston, Mass.: New England Kitchen Publishing Company, OCLC 6418920, page 84:
- Patriotism has incited men to live and die for the country and government; but Matriotism has impelled women to live and work for mankind. […] The Matriotism of household economics needs to be recognized as necessary for the whole of society.
- Love of the motherland, as opposed to patriotism as love of the fatherland.
1995, Daniel Rancour-Laferriere, “Masochism and the Collective”, in The Slave Soul of Russia: Moral Masochism and the Cult of Suffering, New York, N.Y.; London: New York University Press, ISBN 978-0-8147-7458-8, pages 225–226:
- [page 225] The most extreme Russian patriots are matriots at heart. By this I mean that their devotion to "Mother Russia" is so intense that the underlying maternal fantasy basis of patriotism comes to the surface as maternal imagery, while paternal imagery fades away. […] [page 226] A true "son of the Motherland" does not distinguish his own interests from those of the Motherland. Indeed he is one with her. This is the meaning of matriotism: […]
- Pacifist patriotism; love of society as opposed to love of the state.
2006, Cindy Sheehan, “Matriotism”, in Dear President Bush (Open Media Series), San Francisco, Calif.: City Lights, ISBN 978-0-87286-454-2, page 113:
- Matriotism is the opposite of patriotism. A yin to its yang, a counterforce to the violent militarism of patriotism. […] a Matriot would never send her child or another mother’s child to fight nonsense wars. She would march into war herself to protect her child from harm. […] Patriots cower behind the flag and send young people to die for the sake of material wealth.
- Devotion to Mother Earth, ecology, sustainability, peace, and the survival of the human species for as long as possible.