1Preference for a locality, particularly for one’s own area or region.
- With the exception of certain, fully-gentrified areas, localism and tribalism reign, provincial and backward attitudes dominate.
- The pressures for uniformity may well have backfired, encouraging a stubborn and defensive localism as a result.
- His imagination had to unlearn its intense partiality and localism; his tutor apparently assumed that already as young children we have learned narrow sectarian types of loyalty.
1.2A characteristic of a particular locality, such as a local idiom or custom.
- The appearance of localisms does not negate globalization.
- Nonetheless, the localisms introduced lingering friction in the international discourse, which has been compounded by the US not adopting ‘neo-liberal’ either, because of its own peculiar left-wing connotations of ‘liberal’.
- She tried out one of the localisms she had heard.
localist noun& adjective
- Example sentences
- The real political debate is between the centralisers and the localists.
- That's right, though the Founding Fathers were always worried about localist emotions taking over a political process that they believed should be rational-legal.
- This argument at first appears to be localist, since it's modeled after the localist argument that if you don't like local mores and laws, you can always move.
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