Dreadnought [Noun.]


  1. A battleship, especially of the World War I era, in which most of the firepower is concentrated in large guns that are of the same caliber.
  2. A type of warship heavier in armour or armament than a typical battleship
  3. One that is the largest or the most powerful of its kind.
  4. A garment made of thick woollen cloth that can defend against storm and cold.
  5. In cryptic language-comedy; a fear of sexual intimacy.

Jingoistic [Noun.]


If your car sports a bumper sticker that reads, “my country, right or wrong,” you might be accused of being jingoistic, or of taking your love for your country way too far.

The line between patriotic and jingoistic can sometimes seem vague and confusing. Both adjectives describe a devotion to one’s country, but jingoistic implies a fanatical allegiance that goes beyond pride, and often includes aggression toward other countries. The word jingo, “mindless, gung-ho patriot,” arose from a popular 1878 song that praised Britain’s warlike stance toward Russia at the time, and came into American use in the 1890s during the Spanish-American war.