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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.

Nearby words

section eight, section gang, section hand, section mark, sectional, sectionalism, sectionalize, sectionally, sector, sectoral, sectoranopia

Origin of sectionalism

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; sectional + -ism
Related formssec·tion·al·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sectionalism


/ (ˈsɛkʃənəˌlɪzəm) /


excessive or narrow-minded concern for local or regional interests as opposed to the interests of the whole
Derived Formssectionalist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sectionalism



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

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