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sectionalism

[sek-shuh-nl-iz-uh m] /ˈsɛk ʃə nlˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
excessive regard for sectional or local interests; regional or local spirit, prejudice, etc.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; sectional + -ism
Related forms
sectionalist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sectionalist

sectionalism

/ˈsɛkʃənəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
excessive or narrow-minded concern for local or regional interests as opposed to the interests of the whole
Derived Forms
sectionalist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sectionalist

sectionalism

n.

1836, American English, from sectional + -ism. In frequent use from 1856.

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