lo·​cal·​ism | \ ˈlō-kə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce localism (audio) \

Definition of localism

1a : a local idiom
b : a local peculiarity of speaking or acting
2 : affection or partiality for a particular place : sectionalism

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This no doubt rankles those who prefer maximum localism and diversity within Congress. Jay Cost, National Review, "Restoring Congress: The Parties Are a Solution," 17 June 2019 Clearly, Britishness is far more than the ability to persevere individual liberty, common law, localism, and freedom of speech. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Reclaiming Britishness from the Brexit Debacle," 10 June 2019 Since about 2012, however, a new force has emerged to push back against the annual vigil: the rise of localism. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The generations are warring in Hong Kong over the memory of Tiananmen," 3 June 2019 Professor Yanich, who in 2015 produced a study on localism in TV news, found an inverse relationship between consolidation and the amount of local news coverage. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As news ownership consolidates, will local TV become more partisan?," 13 July 2018 Thinking about firearms localism requires a shift in mindset. Joseph Blocher, Vox, "A gun debate compromise: let cities and rural areas pass different laws," 24 Mar. 2018 Nazism and Communism – and a devotion to localism and accountability prevails. Rose Jacobs, Newsweek, "On Top of the World: This Could Be the Start of a Century of German Success," 17 July 2014 In the report, it had been made to sound like a paean to localism. Molly Ball, The Atlantic, "On Safari in Trump's America," 23 Oct. 2017 For starters, a consistent localism is the best hope for conservatives on the national scale. Max Bloom, National Review, "Let Liberal Cities Do What They Want," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of localism

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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