Online Dictionaries Are Changing the Meaning of the Word “Patriot”


The Internet is a fount of information and at the same time, it is a sewer of deceit and misleading “facts”, but did you know it might also be changing the language under the guise of serving as a dictionary?

This is a form of fake news previously unmentioned.

We have one example but other words need to be carefully examined.

When you google the word “patriot”, you will get synonyms: nationalist, loyalistchauvinist, jingoist, flag-waver and a sample sentence,  “would a true patriot abandon a comrade?”


The power thesaurus has a whole host of synonyms including: jingoist, guerrilla, hundred percent, socialist, vigilante, communist, cosmopolite.

“Socialist”? “Communist”? Some on the hard-left might consider themselves patriots but, a synonym? includes: hard hat, communist, chauvinist, irregular et al.

“Irregular”? “Communist”?

WordHippo included: xenophobe.

A xenophobe is a xenophobe and there’s nothing patriotic about being a “xenophobe”.

All of them included “flag-waver” which became a negative decades ago for no good reason. They all include “partisan” which, unfortunately, has altered the meaning of the word. Patriotism should never be “partisan”.

In what world is a “communist” or a “socialist” a”patriot”?

This topic requires further study. Without sounding conspiratorial, are some on the far-left changing the meanings of words?

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Terry Schuck CPCU
Terry Schuck CPCU
6 years ago

Thanks for looking into such stuff. I purchased a Noah Webster “American Dictionary of the English Language” (1828) to aid in my study of history and to avoid such nonsense as what is happening regarding the things you’ve found, too.

There are many books that can be downloaded for free if one knows where to go. I have hundreds of the original scanned books stored on my computer and backed up. The Internet might not be available.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
6 years ago

SOS (Same Old Shit from the left who is also remaking the constitution to their own liking)