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Patria is a Latin word cognate with the Greek πατρίς (patris), both of which derive from the word for "father", typically translated into English as "fatherland."

nā- (Latin) is a stem (e.g. nā⋅scī, nā⋅tal, nā⋅tion) meaning born

Both words have long --consider rhetoric of Greek and Roman empires preceding the 18th century literary movement-- been used to denote the place of birth as have respective translations of Gr. and L. "race" in epic poetry.

My impression is that connotations some people associate with "nation" and "nation-state" today  developed with administrative distinctions of "homeland" and dependent subjects. iirc, the imposition of "nation-state" to designate sovereign territories in UN documentation was a hot topic not so long ago.

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by Cat on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 02:57:33 PM EST
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