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

Examples of localism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The town, said Mandy Nolan, a local writer, has become a case study in what happens when a culture of localism is marketed on a global scale. New York Times, 1 May 2021 Dan Cobley, 42, who has been surfing in Manhattan Beach for 30 years, says localism reigns because of the quality of the waves. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 Rights preserved localism, rather than promoting individualism. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 That attitude is slowly changing, although in the rest of the world, those who preach seasonality and localism are most often those who can pay to do so. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2020 These procedures include liberalism, federalism, localism, traditionalism, prudentialism, capitalism, volunteerism, originalism, textualism, and democratic-republicanism. Andy Smarick, National Review, 17 Sep. 2020 Certainly this show’s sections on Chinese localism, or Kenyan microfinance, or the physical architecture of the internet, have already been studied far more rigorously elsewhere. Jason Farago, New York Times, 5 Nov. 2020 Federalism and localism stop power from gravitating toward distant, obtuse administrators in Washington. Andy Smarick, National Review, 17 Sep. 2020 As once-fringe views like localism moved into the mainstream, Lee remained committed to a form of optimistic pragmatism. Timothy Mclaughlin, Wired, 17 Sep. 2020

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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 20 Jun. 2021.

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