Definition of sectionalism in English:

sectionalism

Line breaks: sec¦tion¦al|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛkʃ(ə)n(ə)lɪz(ə)m
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • Restriction of interest to a narrow sphere; undue concern with local interests or petty distinctions at the expense of general well-being: the rise of democracy, capitalism, and sectionalism [with modifier]: this line stressed a national interest rather than anti-gay sectionalism
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    • 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
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  • 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.

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