regionalism


re·gion·al·ism

noun \ˈrēj-nə-ˌli-zəm, ˈrē-jə-nə-ˌli-\

: interest in or loyalty to a particular region

: a word that is used in a particular region

Full Definition of REGIONALISM

1
a :  consciousness of and loyalty to a distinct region with a homogeneous population
b :  development of a political or social system based on one or more such areas
2
:  emphasis on regional locale and characteristics in art or literature
3
:  a characteristic feature (as of speech) of a geographic area
re·gion·al·ist \-list\ noun or adjective
re·gion·al·is·tic \ˌrēj-nə-ˈlis-tik, ˌrē-jə-nə-ˈlis-\ adjective

Examples of REGIONALISM

  1. The residents have a strong sense of regionalism.
  2. The word pop for soda is a Midwest regionalism.

First Known Use of REGIONALISM

1881

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with REGIONALISM

absenteeism, absolutism, abstractionism, adventurism, aestheticism, Afrocentrism, agnosticism, alcoholism, amateurism, anabaptism, anachronism, Anglicanism, animalism, antagonism, Arianism, astigmatism, athleticism, automatism, behaviorism, Big Brotherism, bilingualism, Bonapartism, cannibalism, capitalism, Cartesianism, Catholicism, charlatanism, collectivism, commercialism, communalism, Confucianism, conservatism, constructivism, consumerism, corporatism, creationism, determinism, do-nothingism, eclecticism, ecotourism, ecumenism, egocentrism, empiricism, epicurism, eroticism, essentialism, ethnocentrism, evangelism, exoticism, expansionism, expressionism, Fabianism, factionalism, fanaticism, favoritism, federalism, Fenianism, feuilletonism, Fourierism, fraternalism, Freudianism, funambulism, functionalism, hermeticism, Hispanicism, historicism, hooliganism, illiberalism, illusionism, impressionism, infantilism, inflationism, initialism, insularism, irredentism, Jacobinism, Keynesianism, know-nothingism, lesbianism, liberalism, libertinism, literalism, Lutheranism, Lysenkoism, magic realism, malapropism, mercantilism, messianism, metabolism, metamorphism, militarism, minimalism, monasticism, monotheism, mutualism, naturalism, Naziritism, negativism, neologism, neo-Nazism, neorealism, nominalism, nonconformism, objectivism, obscurantism, obstructionism, opportunism, pacificism, parallelism, pastoralism, paternalism, patriotism, Peeping Tomism, perfectionism, photo-realism, plebeianism, polytheism, positivism, postmodernism, primitivism, progressivism, protectionism, Protestantism, provincialism, puritanism, radicalism, rationalism, recidivism, reductionism, relativism, revisionism, revivalism, ritualism, romanticism, salvationism, sansculottism, scholasticism, sectionalism, secularism, separatism, serialism, Slavophilism, somnambulism, Stakhanovism, structuralism, subjectivism, teetotalism, theocentrism, triumphalism, Uncle Tomism, ventriloquism, vigilantism, workaholism

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: regionality
Previous Word in the Dictionary: regional climax
All Words Near: regionalism

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up regionalism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).