A real patriot is someone who loves their country enough to speak up when they see something that needs to be changed; not someone who blindly assumes that their government knows best and is always right no matter what.
I am a patriot in the real sense of the word, not the post-9/11 "if you don't kiss our government's butt you're not a real patriot" sense.
by D-Shiznit August 16, 2007

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the love of one's country above all people, places, and things
Courtney Ferracane is such a patriot, her favorite song is You're a Grand Old Flag.
by gilligan20 February 09, 2009

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A patriot is a verb and not a noun because one must actively seek to protect or further the interests of his/her country. If there is no active involvement, the person is not a patriot, but a citizen. The act of protecting or furthering the good of the country must be done for the love of the country and not simply a means to an end.
An example is a person joining the military to protect his/her country is a patriot. A person joining the military to benefit from the college tuition benefits is simply a citizen.

The scope of patriotism may be small or large. Giving your life for your country is big act of patriotism. The simple act of picking up trash in your neighborhood is a small act of patriotism for it leads to a better society and hence, country. If this same vision was share by 10,000 people throughout the country, a simple act of patriotism would make a large impact.
by Patriot-in-Philadelphia September 10, 2008

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beer or soda(energy drinks)
hand me some patriots like red bull,etc..
by SideVT October 15, 2008

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1. someone who believes that the country in which they happened to be born entitles them to the destruction of other peoples and nations.
2. someone who finds paying taxes in order to overthrow existing foreign governments, replace them with their own nation's corporate lobbyists, and then later destroy them when deemed to be out of compliance with the economic interests of their own country to be a worthwhile expenditure.
The Ameriacn patriots empowered Hussein with millions of tax dollars and weapons in order to fight Iran, then starved 50,000 Iraqi children a year from 1992-1997 by blockading and destroying supply shipment routes to civilian areas before realizing that yet another war was necessary if their country was ever going to establish true economic control of a region vital to nurturing American overconsumption.
by trueamerican September 08, 2003

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someone who fights for their country and beliefs.
No matter what hippies and idiots say, every soldier is a patriot
by semperfimarines October 20, 2009

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One who loves, supports, and defends one's country. --Country being not the landmass, nation or government, but the citizenry--

I am a patriot, because serve in the military and kill for my country (being my fellow citizens; servicemen/veterans, those born in America or legally naturalized) in service to the citizens of the United States of America. So that they have the choice to be or support; PC/multicults, Communists, NeoCons, or general kleptocrats and continue to fail the next generation to come, as those have since the "Social Revolution" of the 60's have failed us. True Americans vest themselves into the system we serve for love of country and whilst most tend to accrue --that which commonly is-- ordinary ignorance of the law, government, geopolitics. All the while believing in hypocritic illogical fallacies fed to them by their localized media source or network.
by eloas March 21, 2009

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Someone who always talks of dying for his of her country, but never of killing for it.
Patriot guy: I'm gonna join the Army and die for my country!!! Be a martyr!

Smarter patriot guy: I'm gonna join the Army and kill for my country!! Not that I'm afraid of death, but killing for my country will do it much greater good.
by Vasili Koslov August 30, 2008

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