Definition of sectionalism in English:

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sectionalism

Pronunciation: /ˈsekSHənlˌizəm/
/ˈsekSHnəˌlizəm/

noun

Restriction of interest to a narrow sphere; undue concern with local interests or petty distinctions at the expense of general well-being.
Example sentences
  • Only a prince could be captain and stand apart from the competing interests of sectionalism, race, caste, creed and customs.
  • Concerning sectionalism and the Civil War, no attempt is made to show how the sharpening divide between North and South shaped theological ideas.
  • The initial assumption of this relationship was one of sectionalism although the convenor noted that all of the shop stewards worked together,

Derivatives

sectionalist

noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • A contrast is usually made with nationalist or sectionalist terrorist activity or insurgencies.
  • That should be worthy of note without sectionalist carping.
  • It brought together antislavery sectionalists and other northern dissenters from the old party system.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: sec·tion·al·ism

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