[truh-dish-uh-nl-iz-uh m]
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  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
Related formstra·di·tion·al·ist, noun, adjectivetra·di·tion·al·is·tic, adjectivean·ti·tra·di·tion·al·ist, noun, adjectivenon·tra·di·tion·al·ist, noun, adjectivenon·tra·di·tion·al·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the doctrine that all knowledge originates in divine revelation and is perpetuated by tradition
  2. adherence to tradition, esp in religion
Derived Formstraditionalist, noun, adjectivetraditionalistic, adjective
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