tra·​di·​tion·​al·​ism trə-ˈdish-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce traditionalism (audio)
: adherence to the doctrines or practices of a tradition
: the beliefs of those opposed to modernism, liberalism, or radicalism
trə-ˈdish-nə-list How to pronounce traditionalism (audio)
noun or adjective
trə-ˌdish-nə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce traditionalism (audio)

Examples of traditionalism in a Sentence

a staunch supporter of grammatical traditionalism, my English teacher didn't care what the experts in linguistics said
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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of traditionalism was in 1840

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“Traditionalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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