[ sek-shuh-nl-iz-uhm ]

  1. 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

Other words from sectionalism

  • sec·tion·al·ist, noun

Words Nearby sectionalism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sectionalism in a sentence

  • Genuine loyalty cannot agree with exclusive and rampant sectionalism, with local, racial or religious prejudices and fanaticism.

    England, Canada and the Great War | Louis-Georges Desjardins

British Dictionary definitions for sectionalism


/ (ˈsɛkʃənəˌlɪzəm) /

  1. 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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