[ truh-dish-uh-nl-iz-uhm ]
See synonyms for: traditionalismtraditionalistictraditionalist on

  1. adherence to tradition as authority, especially in matters of religion.

  2. a system of philosophy according to which all knowledge of religious truth is derived from divine revelation and received by traditional instruction.

Origin of traditionalism

First recorded in 1855–60; traditional + -ism

Other words from traditionalism

  • tra·di·tion·al·ist, noun, adjective
  • tra·di·tion·al·is·tic, adjective
  • an·ti·tra·di·tion·al·ist, noun, adjective
  • non·tra·di·tion·al·ist, noun, adjective
  • non·tra·di·tion·al·is·tic, adjective

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

How to use traditionalism in a sentence

  • The motive of reverence for the soil, for the past, the motive of traditionalism, is beginning to be overheard.

    Egoists | James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for traditionalism


/ (trəˈdɪʃənəˌlɪzəm) /

  1. the doctrine that all knowledge originates in divine revelation and is perpetuated by tradition

  2. adherence to tradition, esp in religion

Derived forms of traditionalism

  • traditionalist, noun, adjective
  • traditionalistic, adjective

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