from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Political division of an area into partially autonomous regions.
  • n. Advocacy of such a political system.
  • n. Loyalty to the interests of a particular region.
  • n. A feature, such as an expression, a pronunciation, or a custom, that is characteristic of a geographic area.
  • n. The use of regional characteristics, as of locale, custom, or speech, in literature or art.
  • n. A policy whereby the interests of a nation in world affairs are defined in terms of particular countries or regions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Affection, often excessive, to one's own region and to everything related to it.
  • n. Political tendency to concede forms of politico-administrative autonomy to regions.
  • n. A word or phrase originating in, characteristic of, or limited to a region.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Localism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a foreign policy that defines the international interests of a country in terms of particular geographic areas
  • n. loyalty to the interests of a particular region
  • n. a feature (as a pronunciation or expression or custom) that is characteristic of a particular region


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regional +‎ -ism


  • "We use the term regionalism and we need to spell out the powers, duties and functions of regional authorities after which the academics can argue whether the system is a federation or not.

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  • In positive term regionalism embodies quest for self-identity and self-fulfilment on the part of the people of an area.

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  • Jackson, a history professor at the University of Wales at Swansea, has written about the Popular Front years and knows, for instance, that the interest in regionalism and folklore, and the campaigns — so dear to Vichy ideologues — to carry culture to the masses, date back to the 1920s and 1930s, if not long before that.

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  • On this continent, outside of Quebec, this disease of narrow nationalism or regionalism is more or less a new thing.

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  • U.S. policymakers happily supported "regionalism" -- African armies 'taking care of Africa's problems.

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  • You've got your State Highway Patrol, and you've got now this new form of regionalism, which is a highly questionable thing, incidentally, in my opinion, because it bypasses local government.

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  • "If anything, the history of the SECA award refutes the notion of regionalism," Ms. Gass said.

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  • I'm pretty committed to the idea of regionalism in music.

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  • They got asked about public transportation and regionalism, which is one of my personal favs but not so much a downtown topic. - Main

  • 'regionalism' - because of course, once the 'Tamil Nation' has been formed, other voices within are, by that logic, traitorous.



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