boost·​er·​ism | \ ˈbü-stər-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce boosterism (audio) \

Definition of boosterism

: the activities and attitudes characteristic of boosters

Examples of boosterism in a Sentence

Her article asserts that hometown boosterism keeps people from assessing the crime problem accurately.
Recent Examples on the Web Some commissioners expressed discomfort at being thrust into the role of boosterism. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Four more years for SkyStar wheel in Golden Gate Park," 3 Mar. 2021 Buried beneath Tomer's boosterism for stimulus now, infrastructure later creates a more serious disagreement about defining infrastructure reform among centrist Democrats. Jeremy Lott, Washington Examiner, "Infrastructure week delayed again," 14 Jan. 2021 If Trump is re-elected, the US not participating in a UN climate forum will be a relatively minor concern compared to his administration’s likely continued rollback of environmental regulations and boosterism of fossil fuels. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "The cost of a Trump term, in billions of tons of carbon emissions," 4 Nov. 2020 An energizing sense of optimism and opportunity, along with a heavy dose of boosterism, had fueled the city’s explosive growth, and those elements quickly went to work. Richard Babcock, WSJ, "‘Chicago’s Great Fire’ Review: Rising From the Ashes," 16 Oct. 2020 This past week has been a big one for carbon capture boosterism. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Corporate America Is Irrationally Enthusiastic About Carbon Capture," 24 Sep. 2020 Our identity has changed significantly over the decades—from a compendium of inventions to industrial boosterism to reporting on scientific events to experts explaining their research to today, where a journalistic approach guides coverage. Jen Schwartz, Scientific American, "Reckoning with Our Mistakes," 18 Aug. 2020 Covid-19’s massive disruption to the global economy, paired with aggressive boosterism of green tech by the world’s governments, could be a turning point. Matt Simon, Wired, "Yes, Emissions Have Fallen. That Won't Fix Climate Change," 7 Aug. 2020 One drug, the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, has famously received a lot of boosterism from US President Donald Trump. Ryan Prior, CNN, "After saving his own life with a repurposed drug, a professor reviews every drug being tried against Covid-19. Here's what he's found," 27 June 2020

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First Known Use of boosterism

1910, in the meaning defined above

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“Boosterism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of boosterism

US : enthusiastic and usually excessive support for something or someone

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