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patriotism

Cynical Definitions

n. Combustible rubbish ready to fuel the torch of anyone ambitious to illuminate his name.

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n. The willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.

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n. Arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.

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n. A conviction that one country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.

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n. The last resort of a political scoundrel.

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Cynical Quotations

In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell.

— H.L. Mencken

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