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sectionalism

[ sek-shuh-nl-iz-uhm ]
/ ˈsɛk ʃə nlˌɪz əm /
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noun
excessive regard for sectional or local interests; regional or local spirit, prejudice, etc.
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Origin of sectionalism

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; sectional + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM sectionalism

sec·tion·al·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sectionalism

sectionalism
/ (ˈsɛkʃənəˌlɪzəm) /

noun
excessive or narrow-minded concern for local or regional interests as opposed to the interests of the whole

Derived forms of sectionalism

sectionalist, noun, adjective
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