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[loh-kuh-liz-uh m]
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  1. a word, phrase, pronunciation, or manner of speaking that is peculiar to one locality.
  2. a local custom.
  3. excessive devotion to and promotion of the interests of a particular locality; sectionalism.
  4. attachment to a particular locality.
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Origin of localism

First recorded in 1815–25; local + -ism
Related formslo·cal·ist, nounlo·cal·is·tic, adjective
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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

  • This infection of localism is not peculiar to any body of Christians.

    Our Lady Saint Mary

    J. G. H. Barry

  • The last few years have seen an intensification of localism.

    Our Lady Saint Mary

    J. G. H. Barry

British Dictionary definitions for localism


  1. a pronunciation, phrase, etc, peculiar to a particular locality
  2. another word for provincialism
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Derived Formslocalist, nounlocalistic, adjective
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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.

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