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|part of speech:
||love for and loyalty to one's country.
Both fighting in a war and protesting against a war can be acts of patriotism.
The word patriotism
contains the following parts:
patr, patri, pater
that means father, fatherland
- matr, matri, mater
that means doctrine, belief, theory
More about this word part:
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
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.