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pa·tri·ot·ism

patriotism

 
pronunciation:
peI tri tih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition: love for and loyalty to one's country.
Both fighting in a war and protesting against a war can be acts of patriotism.
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The word patriotism contains the following parts:
patr, patri, pater Latin root that means father, fatherland
synonyms:
matr, matri, mater
 
-ism2 Greek noun-forming suffix that means doctrine, belief, theory
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The suffix -ism2 has the same origin as -ism1 but attaches to bases of diverse origins to form nouns denoting doctrines, beliefs, or theories. In the growing group of words modeled on the word "racism ," -ism means "bias based on," as in "sexism" and "ageism ." The majority of nouns ending in -ism2 have a corresponding adjective and noun form ending in -ist.