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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 Oct 12 '16 at 19:14
  • Great! No doubt there are many, many more. – GoldenGremlin Oct 12 '16 at 19:16
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    My point is that the 'word' is admiration ;) – Mazura Oct 12 '16 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 Oct 12 '16 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 Oct 13 '16 at 1:41
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Xenophilous:

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

(AHD)

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    'Xenophilic' is the more common, by far, adjective formz – Mitch Oct 12 '16 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. – trentcl Oct 12 '16 at 21:57
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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 Oct 13 '16 at 7:33
  • I'd make it allopatriotism or maybe heteropatriotism. – Anton Sherwood Oct 13 '16 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. – Richard Kayser Oct 13 '16 at 12:50
  • yes, –iot (as in Cypriot) and –ism are Greek. – Anton Sherwood Oct 14 '16 at 20:18
  • @AntonSherwood Thanks for your comments. Do any of these alternatives work? If so, which one works best? – Richard Kayser Oct 14 '16 at 21:56
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allegiance

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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Foreign_Legion

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