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[loh-kuh-liz-uh m] /ˈloʊ kəˌlɪz əm/
a word, phrase, pronunciation, or manner of speaking that is peculiar to one locality.
a local custom.
excessive devotion to and promotion of the interests of a particular locality; sectionalism.
attachment to a particular locality.
Origin of localism
First recorded in 1815-25; local + -ism
Related forms
localist, noun
localistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for localism
Historical Examples
  • It dwarfs the mind, I think,—said I,—to feed it on any localism.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
  • The immediate occasion for the recrudescence of localism was the Tariff.

  • The hindering conditions of English life were localism and lack of unity.

    The Normans Sarah Orne Jewett
  • The last few years have seen an intensification of localism.

    Our Lady Saint Mary

    J. G. H. Barry
  • This infection of localism is not peculiar to any body of Christians.

    Our Lady Saint Mary

    J. G. H. Barry
  • Congress, which was full of the spirit of localism, was not a perfect instrument of centralization.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • Thus were the ideas of Nationality and localism in America brought into sharper conflict by the mob and guillotine in France.

  • As localism gives way to brotherhood, militarism will pass out; but this does not mean that mankind will cease to contend.

  • The localism which characterizes this system contributes elements both of strength and of weakness.

    Banking William A. Scott
  • Slavery and localism on the one hand, railway and nationalism on the other, were engaged in a vital struggle for recognition.

    The Last American Frontier

    Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
British Dictionary definitions for localism


a pronunciation, phrase, etc, peculiar to a particular locality
another word for provincialism
Derived Forms
localist, noun
localistic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for localism

"attachment to a particular locality," 1803, from local (adj.) + -ism. Meaning "something characteristic of a particular locality" is from 1823.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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