traditionalism

noun tra·di·tion·al·ism \ trə-ˈdish-nə-ˌli-zəm , -ˈdi-shə-nᵊl-ˌi- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of traditionalism

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

traditionalist

play \-list, -ist\ noun or adjective

traditionalistic

play \-ˌdish-nə-ˈlis-tik, -ˌdi-shə-nᵊl-ˈis-\ adjective

Examples of traditionalism in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of traditionalism

1840



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