Expatriate vs ex-patriot

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and ex-patriot are words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables expatriate and ex-patriot, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences.

Expatriate refers to someone living outside his native country. Expatriate may be used as an adjective, noun or verb. Derived forms are expatriates, expatriated, expatriating, expatriation, the noun form of expatriate is sometimes abbreviated as expat. Originally, an expatriate was someone exiled from his home country, derived from the mid-1700s French word expatrier, meaning banish. The term expatriate carries the connotation that the person in question will one day return to his country of origin, or at least wishes to one day return to his country of origin.

Ex-patriot is an eggcorn, which is a misheard word or phrase that retains the meaning of the original, correct word or phrase. Ex-patriot is not a word. A patriot is someone who supports his or her country, even to defending it against enemies. Theoretically, ex-patriot would describe someone who once supported his her country, but no longer does; however, ex-patriot is not a proper word.


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