- adherence to tradition as authority, especially in matters of religion.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for traditionalist
Before I could even finish my sentence with the word “traditionalist,” Brooks laughed.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.
September 10, 2014
Traditionalist arguments make no sense to them, from their first principles.What's Marriage's Future?
February 22, 2013
Despite his aesthetic eccentricities, Browne is adamant that he is a traditionalist at heart.Designer Thom Browne Honored at White House With 2012 Cooper-Hewitt Award Winners
July 13, 2012
She claims she will be remembered as the “frozen-yogurt justice” for bringing the traditionalist canteen into the 21st century.11 Wacky Supreme Court Facts: Frozen-Yogurt Justice, Scalia and Ginsburg Friendship, & More
June 26, 2012
South Carolinians are, on the whole, a God-fearing, loyal, polite, traditionalist and often, cagey people.South Carolina’s School of Conservatism
January 16, 2012
They were the researchers in spiritual things, and he the traditionalist.
Every man carries a rationalist and a traditionalist under his skin.The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon
His course, bold even to the point of rashness in the eyes of the traditionalist exegetists, was at length suspended.
But a reaction now began, and the traditionalist party finally made itself felt.
Naturally, then, the last still existent school of traditionalist protest was launched in his name.
- the doctrine that all knowledge originates in divine revelation and is perpetuated by tradition
- adherence to tradition, esp in religion