sectionalism

[ sek-shuh-nl-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈsɛk ʃə nlˌɪz əm /

noun

excessive regard for sectional or local interests; regional or local spirit, prejudice, etc.

Origin of sectionalism

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

Related forms

sec·tion·al·ist, noun
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sectionalism

/ (ˈsɛkʃənəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

sectionalist, noun, adjective
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