Definition of localism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈləʊk(ə)lɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
1Preference for one’s own area or region, especially when this results in a limitation of outlook: politics have been dominated by localism and authoritarianism
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 [count noun] A characteristic of a particular locality, such as a local idiom or custom: her parents drilled the localisms out of her speech as a child
More example sentences
  • 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.



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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