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 Viewers in the late Soviet era had become accustomed to a heavy lexicon of bureaucratese and boosterism that verged on the absurd. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "The Kremlin’s Creative Director," 9 Dec. 2019 Historians have described this time of selling the sun in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as Los Angeles’s period of boosterism. Tim Arango, New York Times, "‘Turn Off the Sunshine’: Why Shade Is a Mark of Privilege in Los Angeles," 1 Dec. 2019 Mike Chamberlain, whose prairie pragmatism tempers his mayoral boosterism, attributes the area’s recession sensitivity to three words: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "Downturns in these four counties have foreshadowed past recessions. What are they doing now?," 31 Oct. 2019 Believing its own boosterism, the government failed to see the signs. The Economist, "EconomyA downturn in India reveals the desperate need for deeper reform," 24 Oct. 2019 With much boosterism and a mix of public and private funding, New York State pushed its Erie Canal from the Hudson River to Buffalo, on the Great Lakes, opening up the interior of a vast continent. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Highway 91 revisited reflects our history," 29 Sep. 2019 These stories are rooted, of course, in a deep history of civic boosterism — real estate narratives, spleen-venting newspaper columns and all manner of quick-money speculators. Lynell George, Los Angeles Times, "These stories explain L.A.'s dazzling rise," 7 Sep. 2019 Dworkin had never gone in for female-sexuality boosterism. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, "Fighting for Her Life," 17 June 2019 Despite such political boosterism, coal sector employment around the U.S. has been decreasing for decades, a victim of shifting demand for new energy sources as well automation and more efficient mining practices. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Trump says "coal is back," but use of the rock at a 41-year low," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of boosterism

1910, in the meaning defined above

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“Boosterism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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US : enthusiastic and usually excessive support for something or someone

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