A love or pride for one's country. Popularly assumed to be the same thing as hyperpatriotism, nationalism, and chauvunism, especially by prejudiced (and quite hypocritical) anti-American Urban Dictionary contributors. For reference, note the other definitions on this word for some "witty" anti-American attemps to belittle the people of the United States.
Patriotism in its true form is merely a pride for being a citizen of one's country. A patriot DOES NOT live by the idea that his country's people are superior than others. True patriots, depsite popular belief, do not believe the government is always right, either. Such people are known as meatheads.
For further information on related terms, see nationalism, prejudice, meathead, hypocritical patriotism, hyperpatriotism and chauvunism.
"To announce that there must be no criticsm of the president, or that was are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but it's morally treasonable to the American public." ~Teddy Roosevelt (1918)
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