A patriot is someone who supports his or her country, even to defending it against enemies. It is also the trademark name of a missile designed for preemptive strikes.
In recent years the term Patriot Act has been used throughout politics and pop culture. In October 2001, after the attack on September 11 on New York City, the United States Congress drafted an Act titled USA PATRIOT, which means Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terriorism. The Act allowed the United States government more power in fighting terriorism. Some aspects of the Act are controversial and caused much discussion, leading to the familiarity with the term Patriot Act. If you want to be completely correct, however, it should be referenced as USA PATRIOT Act.
Patriot comes from the Latin patriota or fellow countryman, and the Greek patris or fatherland.
One could be a patriot, but still criticise the government and political system of one’s country. [South China Morning Post]
A woman dubbed ‘Britain’s biggest patriot’ has dressed up to celebrate every single national holiday for the last 40 years. [Daily Mail]
The deployment of Patriot missiles to defend the population and territory of Turkey is a strong demonstration of NATO’s resolve and ability to defend and deter any potential threat against any Ally. [Voltaire Network]
It’s important to get one thing out of the way right off the bat: technically there is no requirement imposed upon investment advisors to maintain an anti-money laundering program pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, the Money Laundering Control Act of 1986 or the USA PATRIOT Act, as advisers are not considered to be “financial institutions” as currently defined therein. [Think Advisor]