from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who loves, supports, and defends one's country.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who loves and zealously supports and defends his or her country.
- n. A fellow countryman, a compatriot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Becoming to a patriot; patriotic.
- n. One who loves his country, and zealously supports its authority and interests.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person who loves his country, and zealously supports and defends it and its interests.
- Patriotic; devoted to the welfare of one's country: as, patriot zeal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one who loves and defends his or her country
"Loyalty oaths" are a foolish vestige of another time and who but TeaKlux morons that overuse and abuse the term "patriot" would even THINK of signing one ??
In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned.
Not only is he labelled a patriot, which is actually a larger compliment than just being "patriotic".
To equate Tim McVeigh as a patriot is the mark of a sick and disturbed mind.
The word patriot comes from the diligence and awareness of a citizenry that once existed in the US, days long forgotten.
"The word patriot is too precious to allow it to be used by the thundering rhetoric of politicians that patriotism requires not only supporting the troops but also supporting the foreign policy that puts them at risk."
Of course the word "patriot" is a subjective characterization and most politicians use it as code for someone who shares their beliefs.
There were arguments about the memorial and the proper definition of the word "patriot."
"I'm what you call a patriot," said Matondi, a retired Army colonel.
To those that jump on that bandwagon, I would remind you that a true patriot is someone who has the presence of mind to question the actions of his own country.