from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Excessive devotion to local interests and customs.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The existence, development, or exhibition of sectional prejudices, or of a sectional spirit, arising from the clashing of sectional interests, whether commercial or political: the arraying of one section of a country against another on questions of interest or policy, as. in the United States. the Northern States against the Southern, or the contrary; sectional prejudice or hatred.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun United States A disproportionate regard for the interests peculiar to a section of the country; local patriotism, as distinguished from national.
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- noun Promoting the good of one
regionover that of others.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a partiality for some particular place
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Northern capitalist repudiated the idea of sectionalism, it does not follow that he set up any other in its place.
President Lincoln spoke of "sectionalism" and the evils associated with it.
With winner-take-all rules, this kind of sectionalism could lead to fractured results and a nominee who cannot unite the party behind his candidacy.
The charge of "sectionalism" came with a bad grace from a State whose newspapers boasted that none but the Breckinridge ticket was tolerated within her borders, and whose elsewhere obsolete "institution" of choosing Presidential electors by the Legislature instead of by the people, combined with such a dwarfed and crippled public sentiment, made it practically impossible for a single vote to be cast for either
Oscar Stuart then writes at length about "sectionalism" in Virginia and the poor state of national politics in general.
"sectionalism," the identical pretext upon which the South inaugurated its rebellion against his Administration four years afterwards:
"sectionalism" against the Republicans, pretended to see no impropriety in proposing this purely selfish and sectional alliance.
We forget that slavery existed in northern states as well as southern, that ending slavery was but one of many contributing factors to the war (think tariffs, think sectionalism, think industrial vs. agrarian economies).
We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace — business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.
Instead, however, he finds himself very much in the position Franklin Roosevelt described in a famous 1936 speech, struggling with “the old enemies of peace — business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.”