traditionalism

noun

tra·​di·​tion·​al·​ism trə-ˈdish-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce traditionalism (audio)
-ˈdi-shə-nᵊl-ˌi-
1
: adherence to the doctrines or practices of a tradition
2
: the beliefs of those opposed to modernism, liberalism, or radicalism
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 Would a truly traditional woman devote so much time and energy to making traditionalism itself trendy? Abigail Anthony, National Review, 11 Feb. 2024 One of those newer homes, a ten-year-old mansion grounded in traditionalism but shot through with the comforts and luxuries of modern living, is newly listed for $27.5 million. Mark David, Robb Report, 1 Feb. 2024 Charley Crockett is known as one of the modern kings of country traditionalism, following in the footsteps of his heroes, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, the latter of whom is a pal and collaborator. Chris Willman, Variety, 22 Jan. 2024 In the past decade, Putin has personally supplanted the church as the chief paragon of orthodox moral values, making his traditionalism a pivotal part of his domestic and foreign political agendas. Foreign Affairs, 18 Apr. 2023 Kitchen design often skews one-note—a chilly colorless laboratory or an onslaught of cozy traditionalism. Sophie Donelson, WSJ, 30 Nov. 2023 England, however, has never tried to hide the fact that there was, is, and always has been a separation of haves and have-nots governed by toxic traditionalism, strict social strata, and fetishized notions of aristocracy. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2023 In the Polish Pope’s world view, anti-Communism and traditionalism were inextricably combined; for him, renewal had spread out of control, and the regional synods were part of the problem. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2023 Biden’s style is not quite a rebuke of her previous administrations’ eager embrace of fashion, but neither is a return to that earlier traditionalism. Rachel Tashjian, Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of traditionalism was in 1840

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“Traditionalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/traditionalism. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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