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I liked dictionary.coms definition

pa·tri·ot [pey-tree-uh t, -ot or, esp. British, pa-tree-uh t] Show IPA
a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.

Definition 2 is a bit U.S centric but it works. My home dictionary pretty much said the same as fig 1.

I don't think it does mean what you say, I don't think anyone really argues you should support you're government no matter what. As authoritarians get annoyed when governments are "soft"...