tra·​di·​tion·​al·​ism | \ trə-ˈdish-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce traditionalism (audio) , -ˈdi-shə-nᵊl-ˌi- \

Definition of traditionalism

1 : adherence to the doctrines or practices of a tradition
2 : the beliefs of those opposed to modernism, liberalism, or radicalism

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Other Words from traditionalism

traditionalist \ trə-​ˈdish-​nə-​list How to pronounce traditionalism (audio) , -​ˈdi-​shə-​nᵊl-​ist \ noun or adjective
traditionalistic \ trə-​ˌdish-​nə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce traditionalism (audio) , -​ˌdi-​shə-​nᵊl-​ˈi-​stik \ adjective

Examples of traditionalism in a Sentence

a staunch supporter of grammatical traditionalism, my English teacher didn't care what the experts in linguistics said
Recent Examples on the Web Sure — along with streaks of traditionalism and other things. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "‘Conservative’: A Term Up for Grabs," 18 Nov. 2020 My nostalgia for it is less Norman Rockwell unrealistic traditionalism and more Clark Griswold rosy-eyed optimism. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, "Bread salad is the stuffing upgrade you need for your roast turkey," 12 Nov. 2020 For many of the writers Gaddis most admired—Dostoevsky, T. S. Eliot, Evelyn Waugh—the solution was a retreat into religious traditionalism. Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine, "Because God Did Not Relax," 27 Oct. 2020 And then there’s Satmar, which is Hasidism as traditionalism. Ben Harris,, "Rabbi/author (still) believes Hasidic ideas key to vibrant modern Judaism," 22 Oct. 2020 Their decision to transfer and form one of the state's most high profile girls hoops rosters has been a polarizing topic among local high school basketball fans, parents and coaches rooted in traditionalism. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Elite 50 high school girls hoops prep, AIA players square off in Nike Tournament of Champions," 6 Oct. 2020 These procedures include liberalism, federalism, localism, traditionalism, prudentialism, capitalism, volunteerism, originalism, textualism, and democratic-republicanism. Andy Smarick, National Review, "In Defense of Proceduralism," 17 Sep. 2020 But don’t confuse Abutaha’s dedication to emulating his memories for traditionalism. Soleil Ho,, "In Oakland, the shawarma of a homesick Jordanian's dreams is a takeout win," 6 Aug. 2020 And in a nod to Lodi traditionalism, the Lodi Soucie Vineyard Zinfandel is all ripe berry fruit and hefty build, but lively on its feet. Mike Dunne,, "Find imaginative wines at Prie's tasting room," 13 July 2020

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First Known Use of traditionalism

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Traditionalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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