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sectionalism

[sek-shuh-nl-iz-uh m]
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noun
  1. 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
Related formssec·tion·al·ist, noun
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  • As a consequence, sectionalism is active with us, and apathetic with you.

    Acadia

    Frederic S. Cozzens

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

  • Such is my nationality—such my sectionalism—such my patriotism.

  • The sectionalism of slavery was at last met by the sectionalism of freedom.

    William Lloyd Garrison

    Archibald H. Grimke

  • She wants Texas as a focus of contention, a rallying point of sectionalism.

    54-40 or Fight

    Emerson Hough


British Dictionary definitions for sectionalism

sectionalism

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

n.

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

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