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

  1. a nation divided by sectionalism

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First Known Use of sectionalism

1847

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Definition of sectionalism for English Language Learners

  • : 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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