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Feeling, expressing, or inspired by love for one's country.

pa′tri·ot′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌpeɪ triˈɒt ɪk; esp. Brit. ˌpæ-)

expressing or inspired by patriotism.
[1645–55; < Late Latin < Greek]
pa`tri•ot′i•cal•ly, adv.


1. 'national'

National is used to describe something that belongs to or is typical of a particular country or nation.

...the national economy.
...changes in the national diet.
2. 'nationalist'

Nationalist is usually a noun. A nationalist is someone who tries to obtain political independence for his or her country.

...Basque nationalists.

You can also use nationalist as an adjective to describe people, movements, or ideas.

Nationalist leaders demanded the extension of democratic rights.
...the nationalist movements of French West Africa.
3. 'nationalistic'

If someone is very proud of their country and thinks it is better than other countries, you can say that they or their views are nationalistic. This word is always used to indicate disapproval of someone's views. attempt to arouse nationalistic passions against the foreigner.
4. 'patriotic'

Normally, if someone is proud of their country, you say that they or their feelings are patriotic. This word is usually used to indicate approval of someone's feelings. earnest wish to enlist the patriotic spirit of the nation.
I believe that this is the only way that an ordinary person can inspire others to be patriotic.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.patriotic - inspired by love for your country
loyal - steadfast in allegiance or duty; "loyal subjects"; "loyal friends stood by him"
disloyal, unpatriotic - showing lack of love for your country


adjective nationalistic, loyal, flag-waving (informal), chauvinistic, jingoistic The crowd chanted patriotic slogans.
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[ˌpætrɪˈɒtɪk] ADJpatriótico


[ˌpeɪtriˈɒtɪk] adj
[person] → patriote
to be fiercely patriotic → être très patriote
[song, music] → patriotique; [fervour] → patriotique; [duty] → de patriote


adj, patriotically


[ˌpætrɪˈɒtɪk] adjpatriottico/a


(ˈpeitriət) , (ˈpatriət) noun
a person who loves (and serves) his country. Many terrorists consider themselves to be patriots fighting for freedom.
patriotic (pӕtriˈotik) , ((especially American) pei-) adjective
(negative unpatriotic) having or showing great love for one's country. He is so patriotic that he refuses to buy anything made abroad.
ˌpatriˈotically adverb
ˈpatriotism (ˈpӕ-) , ((especially American) ˈpei-) noun
(the showing of) great love for one's country.


وَطَنِيّ vlastenecký patriotisk patriotisch πατριωτικός patriótico isänmaallinen patriotique patriotski patriottico 愛国的な 애국적인 vaderlandslievend patriotisk patriotyczny patriota патриотический patriotisk มีใจรักชาติ yurtsever yêu nước 爱国的
References in classic literature ?
He certainly did add `spirit' to the meetings, and `a tone' to the paper, for his orations convulsed his hearers and his contributions were excellent, being patriotic, classical, comical, or dramatic, but never sentimental.
The catching business, we beg to remind them, is rising to the dignity of a lawful and patriotic profession.
We so loudly and so earnestly proclaimed ourselves freemen, that we got the interested attention of that liberty-mouthing orator and his patriotic crowd, and they gathered about us and assumed a very determined attitude.
My sister pined for her Spanish home all these years of exile; she was always talking of Spain to the child, and tending and nourishing the love of Spain in the little thing's heart as a precious flower; and she died happy in the knowledge that the fruitage of her patriotic labors was as rich as even she could desire.
Patriotic Ti tle: 'What are the three characteristics of a true-born Englishman?
it chanced that they derived a kind of security from the patriotic occupation of the main building, but the true-hearted old gentleman never calculated about that.
After the removal of the cloth, and the singing of Non Nobis (beautifully executed, and in which we were at no loss to distinguish the bell-like notes of that gifted amateur, WILKINS MICAWBER, ESQUIRE, JUNIOR), the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were severally given and rapturously received.
There, I found a virtuous boatswain in his Majesty's service - a most excellent man, though I could have wished his trousers not quite so tight in some places and not quite so loose in others - who knocked all the little men's hats over their eyes, though he was very generous and brave, and who wouldn't hear of anybody's paying taxes, though he was very patriotic.
If the scenery of the south be less romantic and sublime than that of the northern mountains, it must be allowed to possess in the same proportion superior softness and beauty; and upon the whole, we feel ourselves entitled to exclaim with the patriotic Syrian ``Are not Pharphar and Abana, rivers of Damascus, better than all the rivers of Israel?
Edwin and Morcar, the earls of Mercia and Northumbria, declared for him: and even Stigand, the patriotic archbishop of Canterbury, found it advisable--"'
He had gone through the South in 1860 in the patriotic hope that he might avert the impending Civil War.
I cannot be ignorant of the fact that many worthy and patriotic citizens are desirous of having the national Constitution amended.