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[sek-shuh-nl-iz-uh m] /ˈsɛk ʃə nlˌɪz əm/
excessive regard for sectional or local interests; regional or local spirit, prejudice, etc.
Origin of sectionalism
1850-55, Americanism; sectional + -ism
Related forms
sectionalist, noun Unabridged
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  • The old Whig Party went to pieces on the rocks of sectionalism.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 1) Henry Watterson
  • As a consequence, sectionalism is active with us, and apathetic with you.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • Because the Northern capitalist repudiated the idea of sectionalism, it does not follow that he set up any other in its place.

    Abraham Lincoln and the Union Nathaniel W. Stephenson
  • The sectionalism of slavery was at last met by the sectionalism of freedom.

    William Lloyd Garrison Archibald H. Grimke
  • Fifth, loyalty to the Republic—for there is sectionalism in loyalty as in estrangement.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • Briefly, this party bequeathed the temper of political positivism and at the same time the dread of sectionalism.

    Abraham Lincoln and the Union Nathaniel W. Stephenson
  • But it was not merely in legislative action that the frontier worked against the sectionalism of the coast.

    The Frontier in American History Frederick Jackson Turner
  • The new larger districts were calculated to do away with some of the evils of sectionalism which had previously been unavoidable.

    Japan Various
  • And lurking behind all was the specter of slavery and sectionalism.

British Dictionary definitions for sectionalism


excessive or narrow-minded concern for local or regional interests as opposed to the interests of the whole
Derived Forms
sectionalist, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sectionalism

1836, American English, from sectional + -ism. In frequent use from 1856.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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