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 Their decision to transfer and form one of the state's most high profile girls hoops rosters has been a polarizing topic among local high school basketball fans, parents and coaches rooted in traditionalism. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Elite 50 high school girls hoops prep, AIA players square off in Nike Tournament of Champions," 6 Oct. 2020 These procedures include liberalism, federalism, localism, traditionalism, prudentialism, capitalism, volunteerism, originalism, textualism, and democratic-republicanism. Andy Smarick, National Review, "In Defense of Proceduralism," 17 Sep. 2020 But don’t confuse Abutaha’s dedication to emulating his memories for traditionalism. Soleil Ho,, "In Oakland, the shawarma of a homesick Jordanian's dreams is a takeout win," 6 Aug. 2020 And in a nod to Lodi traditionalism, the Lodi Soucie Vineyard Zinfandel is all ripe berry fruit and hefty build, but lively on its feet. Mike Dunne,, "Find imaginative wines at Prie's tasting room," 13 July 2020 Sometimes, as in the case of Britain’s Conservative Party, this takes the form of a relatively benign appeal to working-class traditionalism. Washington Post, "Explaining the GOP’s mix of plutocrats and populists," 10 July 2020 None of these traits precluded the magazine’s defenses of cultural traditionalism or conservative views on racial politics. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "We’re Not Polarized Enough," 19 May 2020 The community split into two factions: those who agreed with Edgar’s traditionalism and those who supported Paul’s novel approach to the game. Cara Michelle Smith, The New Yorker, "A Brief History of Sports," 12 Mar. 2020 The answer is a combination of genes, timing, a sportwide trend toward traditionalism and a very agreeable stud. Blair Braverman, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the Dogfather, who has several pups racing in this year’s Iditarod," 14 Mar. 2020

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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 31 Oct. 2020.

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