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 Being a student at Yale, an institution that is not particularly known for its traditionalism, my expectations were already low. Aron Ravin, National Review, 5 July 2021 In a sport known for its traditionalism, adding a mixed event to the Olympics initially had its critics. Beth Harris, ajc, 31 July 2021 The movement grew out of Art Nouveau in the early 20th century, generally as a reaction against traditionalism in design and art in favor of technological modernity. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, 9 July 2021 All Access experience at the 2021 ESSENCE Festival of Culture presented by Coca-Cola for a conversation centered on breaking out of traditionalism and surpassing stereotypes in the professional sphere to seize opportunities that feel authentic. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 6 July 2021 Devotion to it is devotion to an extreme form of traditionalism. Alex Traub, New York Times, 8 June 2021 These conservatives may have adopted the language of populism, but their agenda is straight out of 1950s traditionalism. Nicole Rodgers, Fortune, 28 May 2021 There is a great and honorable space in America for a party of limited and efficient government that values traditionalism and believes that social change should take place slowly and organically. Fareed Zakaria, CNN, 16 May 2021 Chechet’s imaginative valorization of ‘Madeleine’ occurs through a process of collaging her into ceremonial clothes and functions forbidden to Hausa women, but this also invites a reconsideration of ‘traditionalism’ as a fluid aesthetic register. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 4 May 2021

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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 22 Sep. 2021.

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