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1. By true definition, the idea of caring enough about your country to criticize it.
2. Caring enough about one's country to be outraged at the utter violation of civil rights perpetrated by the government.
3. A concept used by right-wing fundamentalists to justify their egregious civil liberties violations and war-mongering nature.
The only true patriots are the liberals who CARE about the people in this country.
by Mikey G October 09, 2003
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Either you're with us or you're a fucking terrorist.
Bush invades the country of Iraq under the guise that Saddam has WMDs and refuses to pull out

Republicans, cuntservatives, and rednecks (oh wait, there's no difference) call it patriotism and defending democracy.

America, fuck yeah!
by Corrupt Politician July 12, 2011
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a word that is wrongly understand and used, mostly abused by stupid angry young man and cunning politicians.

The definition could be found on wikipedia:
Patriotism is generally cultural attachment to one's homeland or devotion to one's country, although interpretations of the term vary with context, geography and philosophy. It is a related sentiment to nationalism...

The definition could be found on Cambridge Dictionary:
the feeling of loving your country more than any others and being proud of it

In reality:

As for politicians, they found it so easy to achieve they goal by labelled it patriotism

As for brainless angry young man, they found it so easy to fill in their voidness mentally and physically by labeling themselve patriotism
Dictator:
Lets all wipe those people out, lets kill all those people, children, women and man. This act shows your PATRIOTISM! you are protecting you country and people from the evil people who will ruin our country one day...

medium Angry young man from country A: lets boycout Country B, their people all (actually maybe 0.01% of them) did bad things on us

medium Angry young man from country B: lets boycount Country A, our media and government shows us that people from country A all try to take advantges from us, bunch of asshole thinking they are better and clever than us...

very very Angry young man from country A: lets F****ING kill those people from B, lets F*****ING not use their goods, LETS F****ING not watch their movies. Whoever do that are all TREASON, and should be stoned to death and burn in hell

very very Angry young man from country B: STUPID F****ING asshole has been sit on our head for years, and now they think they are god to judge us! NO WAY, F****KINg die in hell you people from A

politician country A: uh huh, that's my boy!
politicain country B: wow, that goes well with our plan

sometimes later:

Angry young man try to get away from their country, the reasons are: eww, the country is now so poluated, it is so crowed, the resource are running out there's no life there, I would better find a better place somewhere else and then I can start my Patriotism all over
by vcharlie November 18, 2013
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The excuse used by Hitler to effectively turn democracy in Germany to a dictatorship after he took office in 1933. Hitler removed all other political parties except his own just months after taking his oath of office. Under the cover of patriotism he attacked the German constitution and managed to instigate a book burning of authors regarded as "enemies", banned foreign radio stations, replaced acedemic textbooks with materials promoting Nazi ideologies, passing the Civil Service Act which required teachers to adhere to the new ideologies, passed the Nuremberg Laws which decreed Jews as subjects of the Germans and much more.
Patriotism facilitated the unprovoked German attack on Holland.
by Nathar Leichoz February 04, 2004
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Patriotism, believe it or not, has a Latin stem word, and a Greek suffix. The stem word being "patria", meaning "land of one's fathers" or "fatherland" and the greek suffix "-ism" meaning "the act of" or "state of".

To put these two stems together would equal "the act of... land of one's fathers". Obviously we need to fill in the blank. As you can read above people have many different choices as to what goes into that blank(criticising, disagreeing with).

However, plainly stated, the definition of Patriotism is not up for discussion. and the word that goes into that blank is "love" or "devotion". A strong statement I know, but true. Please do not assume because I use strong words like love and devotion I am trying to conotate this definition, they are simply words, with definitions of their own, that are in the definition of the word patriotism.

Patriotism: n. - the act of loving or showing devotion to one's country.

Let's face it, patriotism is not a political stance or a veiw point. It's an emotion. Just like all emotions, how you choose to display them to the world is entirely up to you.
It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.
- Voltaire
by Broderick August 05, 2005
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The act of driving to the Ikea in your Hyundizzay with an American flag sticker (Made in Taiwan) on the back while many Americans are collecting unemployment and foreigners are attending flight school in sunny Florida.
Show your patriotism by learning the English language first then we'll talk.
by 50 cent crack dealer August 21, 2003
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term used by rednecks and meglomaniacs presidents, often as they are stealing out freedoms out from under us, to justify without reason their foolish actions.
The Patriot Act, as pushed by George W Bush
by bobbyw September 12, 2004
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