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

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Needless to say, America is not a country ripe for the imposition of Catholic traditionalism. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Post-Liberal Dead End," 7 June 2019 Perhaps nowhere is the Petersonian aesthetic of transgressive traditionalism more apparent than in certain corners of the reactionary internet. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The religious hunger that drives Jordan Peterson’s fandom," 1 June 2018 Nisha’s parents try to uphold the appearance of traditionalism despite their distance from home, and their anxiety at cultural loss is transferred onto their daughter (and her developing sexuality). Iram Haq, New York Times, "Review: In ‘What Will People Say,’ Tyranny Begins at Home," 12 July 2018 In contrast, Michelle Obama perfectly embodied the new traditionalism. Brian Frederick, Washington Post, "Why Melania Trump isn’t as popular as Laura Bush or Michelle Obama," 15 June 2018 Sher has opted for a mix of alleviation and traditionalism, and the result is pleasant and intriguing, if perhaps a bit underwhelming. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018 Pope Francis, who of course belongs to the post-Vatican II generation, sometimes uses that interest in vestments to critique priestly vanity or traditionalism. Jason Farago, New York Times, "A Trinity of Opinions on the Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’," 20 May 2018 An odd mix of violent traditionalism and European-style urban modernisation—both financed by the government—is a key element in Mr Putin’s political edifice. The Economist, "Fresh challenges for Vladimir Putin in his supposedly final term," 10 May 2018 That aesthetic, and the idea of traditionalism as a transgressive, countercultural identity, continues to dominate. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The religious hunger that drives Jordan Peterson’s fandom," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of traditionalism

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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