tra·​di·​tion·​al·​ism | \trə-ˈdish-nə-ˌli-zəm, -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, -​ˈdi-​shə-​nᵊl-​ist \ noun or adjective
traditionalistic \trə-​ˌdish-​nə-​ˈli-​stik, -​ˌdi-​shə-​nᵊl-​ˈi-​stik \ adjective

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

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Nisha’s parents try to uphold the appearance of traditionalism despite their distance from home, and their anxiety at cultural loss is transferred onto their daughter (and her developing sexuality). Iram Haq, New York Times, "Review: In ‘What Will People Say,’ Tyranny Begins at Home," 12 July 2018 In contrast, Michelle Obama perfectly embodied the new traditionalism. Brian Frederick, Washington Post, "Why Melania Trump isn’t as popular as Laura Bush or Michelle Obama," 15 June 2018 Sher has opted for a mix of alleviation and traditionalism, and the result is pleasant and intriguing, if perhaps a bit underwhelming. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018 Pope Francis, who of course belongs to the post-Vatican II generation, sometimes uses that interest in vestments to critique priestly vanity or traditionalism. Jason Farago, New York Times, "A Trinity of Opinions on the Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’," 20 May 2018 An odd mix of violent traditionalism and European-style urban modernisation—both financed by the government—is a key element in Mr Putin’s political edifice. The Economist, "Fresh challenges for Vladimir Putin in his supposedly final term," 10 May 2018 That aesthetic, and the idea of traditionalism as a transgressive, countercultural identity, continues to dominate. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The religious hunger that drives Jordan Peterson’s fandom," 1 June 2018 The traditionalism of Adlon’s pink corsage found its compliment in Smith’s ripped-from-the-runways mix of luxury sneakers and thick Cuban link chain. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Jaden Smith Goes to Prom in a Very Gen-Z Suit," 31 May 2018 The film is the second for writer-director Desiree Akhavan, whose 2014 family comedy Appropriate Behavior suggested a director with an eye for the divide between traditionalism and the modern world. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "17 under-the-radar summer movies you won’t want to miss," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of traditionalism

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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