from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Love of and devotion to one's country.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. love of country; devotion to the welfare of one's compatriots; the virtues and actions of a patriot; the passion which inspires one to serve one's country
- n. the desire to compete with other nations; nationalism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Love of one's country; the passion which moves a person to serve his country, either in defending it from invasion or in protecting its rights and maintaining its laws and institutions.
- n. Love of country embodied or personified; patriots collectively.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it
As in patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.
Here is what Goldberg writes today about the term patriotism and how Barack Obama, according to Goldberg, is not really a patriot at all:
To the Cheneys of the world, the term patriotism means being an american right winger and a nazi.
In a time when the term patriotism means supporting the nation's wars and statism, a libertarian patriotism has more in common with that advanced by The Nation magazine: The other company of patriots does not march to military time.
It enables us to give a training in patriotism to the young people of the country, and I think patriotism is a high moral ideal-true patriotism, not hatred of other lands, but love of his own land, the consciousness of the glory of being a Canadian and of being associated with the grand old British Empire.
"The word patriotism did not come out of my mouth … what the president is calling on Democrats and Republicans to do is support the best interests of the country," Earnest said.
But there's also another nationalism, which we call patriotism, which is a love of country and is perfectly inclusive, and I don't think you can run a country unless you can appeal to it.
They place a premium on nationalism, which they call patriotism, and on what the Germans call Ordnung.
His experience of America and of America -- American exceptionalism, which is what we call patriotism, is something that's completely different and he has to explain that to people, you know.
Why are people so reluctant to use the word patriotism?