Loyalty vs. Patriotism - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Loyalty and Patriotism is that the Loyalty is a faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause and Patriotism is a devotion to one's country.

Wikipedia

  • Loyalty

    Loyalty, in general use, is a devotion and faithfulness to a nation, cause, philosophy, country, group, or person. Philosophers disagree on what can be an object of loyalty, as some argue that loyalty is strictly interpersonal and only another human being can be the object of loyalty. The definition of loyalty in law and political science is the fidelity of an individual to a nation, either one's nation of birth, or one's declared home nation by oath (naturalization).

  • Patriotism

    Patriotism or national pride is the feeling of love, devotion and sense of attachment to a homeland and alliance with other citizens who share the same sentiment. This attachment can be a combination of many different feelings relating to one's own homeland, including ethnic, cultural, political or historical aspects. It encompasses a set of concepts closely related to, but mutually exclusive from those of nationalism.Some manifestations of patriotism emphasise the "land" element in love for one's native land and use the symbolism of agriculture and the soil – compare Blut und Boden.

Wiktionary

  • Loyalty (noun)

    The state of being loyal; fidelity.

  • Loyalty (noun)

    Faithfulness or devotion to some person, cause or nation.

  • Patriotism (noun)

    Love of one's country; devotion to the welfare of one's compatriots; passion which inspires one to serve one's country.

  • Patriotism (noun)

    The actions of a patriot

  • Patriotism (noun)

    The desire to compete with other nations; nationalism.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Loyalty (noun)

    the quality of being loyal

    "his extreme loyalty to the Crown"

  • Loyalty (noun)

    a strong feeling of support or allegiance

    "rows with in-laws are distressing because they cause divided loyalties"

  • Patriotism (noun)

    the quality of being patriotic; devotion to and vigorous support for one's country

    "a highly decorated officer of unquestionable integrity and patriotism"

Webster Dictionary

  • Loyalty (noun)

    The state or quality of being loyal; fidelity to a superior, or to duty, love, etc.

  • Patriotism (noun)

    Love of country; devotion to the welfare of one's country; the virtues and actions of a patriot; the passion which inspires one to serve one's country.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Loyalty (noun)

    the quality of being loyal

  • Loyalty (noun)

    feelings of allegiance

  • Loyalty (noun)

    the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action;

    "his long commitment to public service"

    "they felt no loyalty to a losing team"

  • Patriotism (noun)

    love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it

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