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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Recent Examples on the Web Kevin Stanton will take on a new role as Mastercard Inc.’s chief transformation officer, leading a team that will review how nationalism and localism could affect the company’s business models. Jennifer Surane, Bloomberg.com, "Nationalism’s Rise Spurs Mastercard to Study Impact on Business," 8 May 2020 But these demands also reintroduced familiar strands of localism, an ideology focused on preserving Hong Kong's autonomy. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "In Hong Kong, the coronavirus outbreak is reopening political wounds," 18 Feb. 2020 But localism alone might not compensate for the loss of national integrity. Fred Bauer, National Review, "The Perils of a Dis-United States," 10 Oct. 2019 On the extreme end of the localism spectrum are those who openly advocate Hong Kong’s independence from China. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The leader of Hong Kong’s leaderless protest movement is a philosophy student behind bars," 31 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter These legal travails could bring to an end an odd exception to India’s localism. The Economist, "The Big Four may be blocked from doing Indian audits for years to come," 28 June 2019 The widespread use of the slogan marks a distinctive shift from targeted opposition to the extradition bill, and points to a re-emergence of localism as a mainstream sentiment. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The leader of Hong Kong’s leaderless protest movement is a philosophy student behind bars," 31 July 2019 There and elsewhere, localism has become a point of pride. The Economist, "Telling Britain’s story from its “ocean-gouged fringe”," 11 July 2019 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

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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 4 Jul. 2020.

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