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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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Recent Examples on the Web Guo also attributes the success of the show to a larger shift — away from stuffiness and localism and toward dealers and viewers who are curious about contemporary makers from other parts of the world — that has been partly driven by social media. New York Times, 4 May 2022 Environmentalism and localism are the twin pillars of the resort. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 17 June 2022 Tocqueville believed the Americans had headed off this trajectory with their localism, their culture of rights, and their constitutionalism. Jedediah Britton-purdy, The New Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 The far-right candidate facing French President Emmanuel Macron in a runoff election favors picturesque localism: no wind turbines or immigrants. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 15 Apr. 2022 But while these national-scale projects differ in size from the architect's schools and health centers, his approach remains rooted in localism. CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 American conservatives’ commitment to personal virtue, voluntary associations, self-government, localism, federalism, capitalism, and textualism is the consequence not merely of an understanding of human nature. Andy Smarick, National Review, 24 Sep. 2021 This situation speaks to the localism of the Roman West beneath its imperial carapace. Peter Brown, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 Indeed, Aagaard and Nordskaug are focused on localism. Vogue, 25 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of localism

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Localism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/localism. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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