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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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 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

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First Known Use of localism

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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