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
Recent Examples on the Web But his devotion to new music was a stark departure from the traditionalism of his father and maternal grandfather, conductor and violinist Adolf Busch. Washington Post, "Peter Serkin, adventurous pianist from a celebrated musical family, dies at 72," 3 Feb. 2020 That indebtedness has delayed — or ended — the traditional forces that encourage conservatism and traditionalism, such as getting married, having children and buying a home. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "History Has Shown That Socialism Isn’t the Cure," 7 Nov. 2019 Vogueworld Gwendoline Christie’s Emmys Look Is Straight Out of Kings Landing The red carpet at the Emmys often skews conventional but thankfully this year Gwendoline Christie was there to offer a different take on traditionalism. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Gwendoline Christie’s Emmys Look Is Straight Out of Kings Landing," 22 Sep. 2019 Griping about Uber or Juul can seem like missing the forest for the trees—or come across as knee-jerk traditionalism that unfairly demonizes youthful trends. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Technology Sabotaged Public Safety," 10 Oct. 2019 In the early Fifties, traditionalism was certainly the most wide-ranging. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Moving Portrait," 4 June 2019 Riverside’s Van Buren Drive-In plays right into such sappy traditionalism. Chris Erskine,, "Now showing: Drive-in theaters, those beacons of gentle summer nights," 3 July 2019 After far too many years under the black cloud of doping, corruption, and stagnant traditionalism that hovered over the men’s pro peloton, cycling needed to invest in women. Kathryn Bertine, Outside Online, "It's Time for Pro Cycling to Treat Women Equally," 22 Aug. 2019 While the contrast with Black’s traditionalism seemed at first jarring — this was more thundering swamp rock than country — Adkins hit his stride when slowing it down for some sweet, sad ballads that showed off his rumbling bass voice. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Trace Adkins, Clint Black, Terri Clark shimmer in rainy Grandstand show," 25 Aug. 2019

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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 19 Feb. 2020.

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