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of, like, suitable for, or characteristic of a .
expressing or inspired by :
a patriotic ode.
Contemporary Examples

Jimi was doing something beautiful with the song and put his twist on it to give it a patriotic feel.
Meet Madison Rising, the Band Behind Sarah Palin’s New Theme Song Ben Jacobs March 28, 2014

Presidents’ Day, a patriotic holiday for most, is just an excuse for some Wingnuts to ask God to kill Barack Obama.
Praying for Obama’s Death John Avlon February 13, 2010

The patriotic song, written by Washington attorney Francis Scott Key, had been popular ever since it was written in August 1814.
Star-Spangled Confederates: How Southern Sympathizers Decided Our National Anthem Jefferson Morley July 3, 2013

In the patriotic pre-inaugural enthusiasm, President-elect Obama was enjoying approval ratings approaching 70 percent.
How Rush Gets It Wrong John Avlon February 28, 2010

patriotic hackers, as the name implies, are people who wage cyberwarfare in the name of a country.
Is New York Times Hacking Just the Beginning? Sam Schlinkert January 31, 2013

Historical Examples

Those ‘patriotic Englishmen’ are, many of them, in high positions.
The Doctor of Pimlico William Le Queux

Nevertheless you fulfilled a noble, sacred and patriotic duty.
Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863 Adam Gurowski

And yet our Esther is a heroine—capable, energetic, brave, and patriotic.
Expositor’s Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther Walter Adeney

In that time I let my beard grow, and trained my hair into a patriotic unkemptness.
The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini

“No boy so patriotic as you are should have a name like that,” he said.
The Children of France Ruth Royce


1650s, “of one’s own country,” from French patriotique or directly from Late Latin patrioticus, from Greek patriotikos, from patriotes (see patriot). Meaning “loyal, supporting one’s own country” is from 1757. Related: Patriotical.


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