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.

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There can be some annoying groupthink, and the media enthusiasm can verge on boosterism, but NBA Twitter is rarely mean-spirited. Jason Gay, WSJ, "How Twitter Rules the NBA," 31 May 2018 What’s the real return on city boosterism and marketing to millennials, and would that money be better spent on education, inclusive development, and transit? Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How subway ads asking millennials to move helps economic development," 18 June 2018 There's a lot of interesting arts writing on numerous new websites, and less of the old-style boosterism, McLennan said, but those sites are typically not seen by a larger audience and may not perform the oversight function of beat reporting. Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader, "Do we really need theater critics?," 8 June 2018 Photo: Library of Congress Harding had been a small-town newspaper publisher and parlayed his civic boosterism into a successful political career; his wife Florence was the brains and ambition in the family. Elaine Weiss, WSJ, "Presidential Hush Money, Circa 1920," 31 May 2018 In this and other Republican primaries, the candidates have clearly concluded that Trump boosterism is their base voters’ overriding priority, more than any particular credential or policy stance. Molly Ball, Time, "Are American Voters Acting Normal Again?," 9 May 2018 Here’s another measure of that diversity: Liaoning already has at least ten other fossil museums, some with important collections, others mainly products of local boosterism or bureaucratic career-building. Stefen Chow, Smithsonian, "The Great Chinese Dinosaur Boom," 19 Apr. 2018 His subjects reflect and amplify his Chicago boosterism, laugh at his jokes (mostly about being Jewish), and often tell stories that make the city and the mayor's office look great. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Rahm’s Chicago Stories podcast takes you inside the mind of the mayor," 14 Mar. 2018 Throughout the Presidential campaign, The_Donald was a hive of Trump boosterism. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet," 12 Mar. 2018

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1910, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of boosterism

US : enthusiastic and usually excessive support for something or someone

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