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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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Originally, a patriot was someone who loves their country and supports it, but won't blindly follow whatever their country's government does. These days, it is synonymous with Nationalist, which is someone who blindly follows whatever his country's government does, and lacks his own ability to think and reason for himself.
Many Americans seem to be patriots. More of them are nationalists.
by John Q Moron December 06, 2003
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A citizen of one of the united States who loves his country.

Commonly, "love your country" is incorrectly interpreted as "support your country's government regardless of what it is doing". This is also, consequently, the type of person that people mistake a patriot as.

A true patriot loves his country to the extent that he will work to change it or point out what his country's government is doing wrong.

Most patriots wish to change the government to run the way the constitution describes it should.
Wow, Dave is against the Patriot Act, the Real ID act, and a whole bunch of unconstitutional laws. He must be a patriot.
by DaVx0r August 24, 2005
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A secret society that controls every part of the US government in MGS2.
Did you hear there is a group that rules the united states and controls the government?

shhhh, they'll hear you.....
by oswald the ninja July 20, 2004
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Originally a word used to describe someone who takes pride in being a citizen of their country. Most recently used to keep down anti-war activists by accusing them of not loving their country because they don't want to send innocent men and women to their deaths for unjust cause.

After being called a non-patriot, it is very likely the person will also be called a terrorist as well. Ironically enough, so-called "terrorists" would be probably be considered patriots by their own people.
If you're not a patriot who wants to kill people, you're a terrorist who...wants to kill people?
by RobTheReef July 12, 2009
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1590s, "compatriot," from Middle French patriote (15c.) and directly from Late Latin patriota "fellow-countryman."

Ironically, in the mid-18th century patriot also meant a “factious disturber of the government”
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The 5th most common word in the USA, with "give", "me", "another" and "burger", just beating it to the top 4 places.
Give me another burger cos i'm a patriot
by elliot September 22, 2003
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