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

pa′tri·ot′i·cal·ly adv.
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(ˌpeɪ triˈɒt ɪk; esp. Brit. ˌpæ-)

expressing or inspired by patriotism.
[1645–55; < Late Latin < Greek]
pa`tri•ot′i•cal•ly, adv.
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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.
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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
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adjective nationalistic, loyal, flag-waving (informal), chauvinistic, jingoistic The crowd chanted patriotic slogans.
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[ˌpætrɪˈɒtɪk] ADJpatriótico
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[ˌpeɪtriˈɒtɪk] adj
[person] → patriote
to be fiercely patriotic → être très patriote
[song, music] → patriotique; [fervour] → patriotique; [duty] → de patriote
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adj, patriotically
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[ˌpætrɪˈɒtɪk] adjpatriottico/a
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(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.
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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
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Not only many of the officers of government, who obeyed the dictates of personal interest, but others, from a mistaken estimate of consequences, or the undue influence of former attachments, or whose ambition aimed at objects which did not correspond with the public good, were indefatigable in their efforts to pursuade the people to reject the advice of that patriotic Congress.
At that time enthusiasm for the Emperor Alexander's regime had weakened and a patriotic and anti-French tendency prevailed there, and this, together with his past and his intellect and his originality, at once made Prince Nicholas Bolkonski an object of particular respect to the Moscovites and the center of the Moscow opposition to the government.
And it shows, perhaps, the strength of English patriotic spirit that that story never took hold of English minds.
"Edwin and Morcar, the earls of Mercia and Northumbria, declared for him: and even Stigand, the patriotic archbishop of Canterbury, found it advisable--"'
Here late in the morning it was remarked by a number of patriotic spirits.
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.
Several of the assistants had gone to the war, and Lynn and Sedley with patriotic zeal had promised to keep their places open for them.
"No," said the patriotic Miller, "I will employ no one who deserts his position in the hour of danger.
MEETING a fat and patriotic Statesman on his way to Washington to beseech the President for an office, an idle Tramp accosted him and begged twenty-five cents with which to buy a suit of clothes.
They must have reflected, that in all great changes of established governments, forms ought to give way to substance; that a rigid adherence in such cases to the former, would render nominal and nugatory the transcendent and precious right of the people to "abolish or alter their governments as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness,"[2] since it is impossible for the people spontaneously and universally to move in concert towards their object; and it is therefore essential that such changes be instituted by some INFORMAL AND UNAUTHORIZED PROPOSITIONS, made by some patriotic and respectable citizen or number of citizens.
There were cooler and more calculating spirits, however, who had the control of affairs, and felt nothing of the patriotic pride and indignation of these youths.
"Yours is certainly one of the most patriotic households, Sir Alfred, which I have entered," he declared.

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