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 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 Over the past year-plus of the pandemic, Olivia’s Bistro has become a source of takeout comfort in a nearly existential sense: Italian cuisine lifted out of heavy-sauce traditionalism and given a shot of umami., 27 Apr. 2021 Relocating the game — an expensive logistical hassle, and a move that even baseball’s players did not universally support — was a watershed moment for a sport long known more for its traditionalism and its aversion to risk. James Wagner, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2021 The recent cottagecore trend, grandmillennial phenomenon, and traditionalism revival are proving that the design world is skewing away from sleek, mid-century modernism and toward pieces with a story. Kelsey Mulvey, Southern Living, 9 Mar. 2021 What is most interesting though, is the collective mood that’s being spurred on by Hanfu—after decades of aspiring to western trends, the younger generation is now possibly looking closer to home for a sense of traditionalism. Meng-yun Wang, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of traditionalism

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jun 2021

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“Traditionalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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