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regionalism

[ree-juh-nl-iz-uh m] /ˈri dʒə nlˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
Government. the principle or system of dividing a city, state, etc., into separate administrative regions.
2.
advocacy of such a principle or system.
3.
a speech form, expression, custom, or other feature peculiar to or characteristic of a particular area.
4.
devotion to the interests of one's own region.
5.
Literature. the theory or practice of emphasizing the regional characteristics of locale or setting, as by stressing local speech.
6.
(often initial capital letter) a style of American painting developed chiefly 1930–40 in which subject matter was derived principally from rural areas.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; regional + -ism
Related forms
regionalist, noun, adjective
regionalistic, adjective
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Examples from the web for regionalism
  • Nonetheless, it makes no sense to endorse regionalism at the expense of a better multilateral system.
  • Economists have generally been unenthusiastic about regionalism, for two reasons.
  • In the first place, regionalism makes them much more attached to politics on the local and provincial level.
  • Religion is probably less important than regionalism.
  • Although the terms regionalism and local color are sometimes used interchangeably, regionalism generally has broader connotations.
  • And, with plans to expand to five jurisdictions, that regionalism is poised to grow even stronger.
  • We will work with the members of the board to continue to support regionalism, where possible.
  • regionalism and multilateralism are likely to be mutually reinforcing in agriculture.
British Dictionary definitions for regionalism

regionalism

/ˈriːdʒənəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
division of a country into administrative regions having partial autonomy
2.
advocacy of such division
3.
loyalty to one's home region; regional patriotism
4.
the common interests of national groups, people, etc, living in the same part of the world
5.
a word, custom, accent, or other characteristic associated with a specific region
Derived Forms
regionalist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for regionalism
n.

1878, originally of Italy, "tendency toward regional loyalties" (opposed to nationalism), from regional + -ism. As "a word or phrase of local use" is from 1953.

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