Patriotism is the word that describes a love or devotion to a person's own country. I'm looking for a similar word except one that describes this same feeling when it is not your own country you’re feeling this towards but rather another country that is not your own.


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Generally, when one has excessive fondness for a country or culture that is not one's own, one would employ a specific term like any of the following:

There are many more words formed on analogy with these.

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    philhellenism - admiration for Greece and the Greeks and Greek customs
    – Mazura
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 19:14
  • Great! No doubt there are many, many more.
    – DyingIsFun
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 19:16
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    My point is that the 'word' is admiration ;)
    – Mazura
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 19:20
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    @AleksandrH I suppose it's technically true but I have a hard time imagining someone using it this way.
    – Casey
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 20:16
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    @AleksandrH I tend to think there's a bit of othering going on with the -philias; I would never think to call a pair of mated penguins or a ram and his harem zoophiles and for similar reason I would assume that someone described with one of these terms was from anywhere but the country in question. (I'd better add that I do not in any way equate these terms with zoophile; I just think there's a faint echo of a shadow of connotation shared along with the suffix.)
    – 1006a
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 1:41


  • attracted to that which is foreign, especially to foreign peoples, manners, or cultures.


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    'Xenophilic' is the more common, by far, adjective formz
    – Mitch
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 20:04
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    To me, if someone is a xenophile, that suggests they love or admire anything that is or seems foreign -- "no matter what culture it's from, as long as it's not my own" being the gist. But it doesn't convey admiration for a specific country, which the OP might have been looking for.
    – trent
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 21:57

Given that you asked for single word, that there does not appear to be a single-word solution, and that you used the tag "is-it-a-word", I'll venture a neologism: ceterapatriotism.

From your question:

Patriotism: love of a person's own country

From English-Latin dictionary and knowledge of Latin declensions:

Patria (f): country

Amor: love

Patriotism/love of a person's own country: amor patriae

Other (f): cetera

Another country: cetera patria

Love of another country, other than one's own: amor ceterae patriae

amor ceterae patriae --> ceterapatriotism

If you hate it, you hate it, but it at least answers the question.

  • or exopatriotism, or xenopatriotism?
    – Octopus
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 7:33
  • I'd make it allopatriotism or maybe heteropatriotism. Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 8:09
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    @AntonSherwood and Octopus: I assumed that patriotism was of Latin origin and sought a Latin adjective for "other". I have since found that patriotism is of Greek origin. Given that allo, hetero, exo, and xeno are also of Greek origin, they are prefix candidates worth considering. They are also in use today and sound better with patriotism than my concoction. Thanks for the comments. Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 12:50
  • yes, –iot (as in Cypriot) and –ism are Greek. Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 20:18
  • @AntonSherwood Thanks for your comments. Do any of these alternatives work? If so, which one works best? Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 21:56


Two of its meanings may apply, depending on what it is you have in mind.

1 a : the obligation of a feudal vassal to his liege lord

b (1) : the fidelity owed by a subject or citizen to a sovereign or government (2) : the obligation of an alien to the government under which the alien resides

2 : devotion or loyalty to a person, group, or cause

Interestingly (I think; and possibly evidence counter to my suggestion),

Although [the French Foreign Legion] is part of the French Military, it is the only unit of the military that does not swear allegiance to France, but to the Foreign Legion itself.


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