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George became conversant, and he was just jingoist enough to honestly not care which side he was on-a rare and valuable trait, even in high-level debaters, Jack knew.
Stephen King  --  The Shining
  an appeal intended to arouse patriotic emotions; or fanatical patriotism
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The word originated in response to a popular song sung in England during gunboat diplomacy against the Russians. The chorus went:

We don’t want to fight but by Jingo if we do,
We’ve got the ships, we’ve got the men, we’ve got the money too,
We’ve fought the Bear before, and while we’re Britons true,
The Russians shall not have Constantinople.

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  • George became conversant, and he was just jingoist enough to honestly not care which side he was on-a rare and valuable trait, even in high-level debaters, Jack knew.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Youth magazines carried jingoistic articles such as "The Future War between Japan and America."
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • During the war I had been opposed to it and, after, I had from time to time counseled quiet and patience and humanity and a criticism that began at home; and I had resisted the nationalist jingoism that became every day more pronounced, more insane and unrestrained.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • It told of a man at a bar who boasted of his rootlessness, derisively dismissing the jingoistic patrons to his left and to his right.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe

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  • 2 /The Language in the Making/—All this jingoistic bombast, however, was directed toward defending, not so much the national vernacular as the national beautiful letters.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • He was holding a newspaper to which he subscribed, an organ of the militarist and jingoist party, and after shaking hands he pointed to it and commented on a paragraph about a namesake of mine—a publicist called Haller, a bad fellow and a rotten patriot—who had been making fun of the Kaiser and expressing the view that his own country was no less responsible for the outbreak of war than the enemy nations.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Have you been reading the sensational papers, or stuffing yourself up with jingoism, or what?
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Illustrious Prince
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