lo·​cal·​ism ˈlō-kə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce localism (audio)
: a local idiom
: a local peculiarity of speaking or acting
: affection or partiality for a particular place : sectionalism

Examples of localism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Related Stories Inspired in part by Australian New Wave cinema and in part by John Cheever’s short story The Swimmer and the subsequent 1968 Burt Lancaster film, The Surfer also pulls from rampant localism in the surf community that has been documented from Palos Verdes, California, to Australia. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2024 Transnational localism is a solution for creating a healthy balance between being at home with the family and in the office - an issue every human resource department is wrestling with today. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 Federalism and localism work only if conservatives run for state and local office, serve in state and local capacities, and advocate policies at the state and local levels. Andy Smarick, National Review, 17 Sep. 2020 Transnational localism is Zoho's secret sauce for building software that meets the needs of individual markets. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 Is that really what the localism movement advocates, swearing off all global means of production? Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2011 This dual nature, which invites a mix of localism and worldliness, has long been one of our particular strengths, and continues to attract artists and new residents from around the nation and the world. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Dec. 2022 Childhood memories, marketing and a fashion for localism came together to make milk tea a totem of Hong Kong culture. Kanis Leung, ajc, 25 Nov. 2022 But in Rutledge, antipathy for the Rivian factory has gone beyond simple not-in-my-backyard localism, at times veering into the conspiratorial. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of localism was in 1823

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“Localism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/localism. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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lo·​cal·​ism ˈlō-kə-ˌliz-əm How to pronounce localism (audio)
: a local peculiarity of speech or acting

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