n.1.A defender; a vindicator.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(39) Montague specifically objects to Puritan appropriation of the word: he too, royalist and Anglican, is a patriot, whereas William Prynne saw the word patriot as a popish libel on 'the very name of puritans, as overgreat advancers and chiefest patriots and propugners of Monarchy' (Histriomastix (1633), p.