sectionalism

noun
sec·​tion·​al·​ism | \ˈsek-shnə-ˌli-zəm, -shə-nə-ˌli-\

Definition of sectionalism 

: an exaggerated devotion to the interests of a region

Examples of sectionalism in a Sentence

a nation divided by sectionalism

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The state curriculum for seventh-grade history expects students to explain reasons for Texas' involvement in the Civil War, including states' rights, slavery, sectionalism and tariffs. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Texas school to discontinue assignment asking students to draw themselves as a slave," 12 Feb. 2018

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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sectionalism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sectionalism

: a tendency to be more concerned with the interests of your particular group or region than with the problems and interests of the larger group, country, etc.

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