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From patriot +‎ -ism.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpætɹi.əˌtɪzəm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpeɪtɹi.əˌtɪzəm/
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patriotism (countable and uncountable, plural patriotisms)

  1. Love of one's country; devotion to the welfare of one's compatriots; passion which inspires one to serve one's country.
    • 1776, Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol I, ch 1-pt ii:
      That public virtue, which among the ancients was denominated patriotism, is derived from a strong sense of our own interest in the preservation and prosperity of the free government of which we are members.
    • 1803, Thomas Jefferson, Letter to George Clinton, volume ME 10:440:
      In the hour of death we shall have the consolation to see established in the land of our fathers the most wonderful work of wisdom and disinterested patriotism that has ever yet appeared on the globe.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “A First Night”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 69:
      The subject of his play was the fate of Agis, the young and heroic King of Sparta: it gave the ideal of patriotism, relieved by the tenderness of sorrow, and the fidelity of love.
    • 1941, George Orwell, The Lion and the Unicorn:
      Both Blimps and highbrows took for granted, as though it were a law of nature, the divorce between patriotism and intelligence. If you were a patriot you read Blackwood's Magazine and publicly thanked God that you were "not brainy". If you were an intellectual you sniggered at the Union Jack and regarded physical courage as barbarous. It is obvious that this preposterous convention cannot continue... Patriotism and intelligence will have to come together again.
    • 1971, Lyndon Johnson, “"I feel like I have already been here a year"”, in The Vantage Point[1], Holt, Reinhart & Winston, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 28:
      I told the Governors that I had never questioned the capacity or the sincerity or the ability of a man because he belonged to a different political party. No party had an overriding claim to patriotism. The times, I said, demanded that we put away our differences and close ranks in a determined effort to make our system of government function.
    • 1990, Ivana Edwards, “A funeral in Prague”, in Massachusetts Review, volume 31, number 3, page 317:
      The most extraordinary positive development in Czechoslovakia since its creation in 1918, the tumultuous outpouring of patriotism and protest was dared by students and intellectuals and soon embraced steel-workers and elderly pensioners.
    • 2008 January 27, Pagag Khanna, “Waving Goodbye to Hegemony”, in New York Times, page 34:
      In Europe's capital, Brussels, technocrats, strategists and legislators increasingly see their role as being the global balancer between America and China. Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, a German member of the European Parliament, calls it 'European patriotism.' The Europeans play both sides, and if they do it well, they profit handsomely
    • 2008 June 23, Lisa Ingrassia, “Flying High with Craig Ferguson”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name), volume 69, Iss. 24, page 71:
      "I have the intense patriotism of an immigrant," says Ferguson
  2. The actions of a patriot
  3. The desire to compete with other nations; nationalism.
    • 1896 January 2, Leo Wiener, “Patriotism or Peace”, in The Kingdom of God is within You; Christianity and Patriotism Miscellanies[2], Moscow, translation of letter to Manson by Count Lev N. Tolstoy:
      Patriotism cannot be good. What produces war is the desire for an exclusive good for one’s own nation – that is called patriotism. And so to abolish war, it is necessary to abolish patriotism, and to abolish patriotism, it is necessary first to become convinced that it is an evil.
    • 2006 Nov/Dec, “Danger and Opportunity in Eastern Europe”, in Foreign Affairs, volume 85, number 6, page 117:
      Economic protectionism within the older member states has, in fact, increased in the past year. Calls for economic patriotism have given rise to efforts to create national champions designed to protect key strategic industries from foreign competition.
    • 2007 February 6, Michael Moynihan, “For First Time, Croke Park Is Ireland^s Common Ground”, in Washington Post:
      The idea that Ireland's rugby and soccer fans would have to go to England to follow their teams was intrinsically unpalatable, Kelly said, but he was also motivated by common sense: "That would have been an immense cost to the economy, it would have been a major drain on the fans, but the prestige and image of the country would also have been affected badly." / His pragmatic patriotism paid off.
    • 2008 February 15, Peter Ford, “Spielberg helps spoil China^s hope for a politics-free Olympics”, in Christian Science Monitor, page 1:
      "It is not only an international sports event, but also a very important political mission," stated a 2006 opinion article in the People's Daily. "It is not only an Olympic feast for the Chinese people, it can also arouse Chinese patriotism."


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Borrowed from French patriotisme. By surface analysis, patriot +‎ -ism.


patriotism n (uncountable)

  1. patriotism




patriotism c

  1. patriotism
    Synonym: fosterlandskärlek


Declension of patriotism 
Indefinite Definite
Nominative patriotism patriotismen
Genitive patriotisms patriotismens

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