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localism (countable and uncountable, plural localisms)

  1. (uncountable) Attachment to a particular local place; feelings or policies which emphasize local phenomena.
    • 2010, The Economist, Jul-Aug 2010, p. 27:
      Localism may strengthen not just the selfless (eg, people who want to build a village hall) but also the selfish (who want to stop any new building in their backyard).
    • 2020 September 1, Tom Lamont, “The butcher's shop that lasted 300 years (give or take)”, in The Guardian[1]:
      these faux-traditional shops, harking back to an era of localism and pretty clockwork high streets, can help cleave a neighbourhood in two, making very clear the difference in means of those who live nearby.
  2. (countable, uncountable, linguistics) A linguistic feature that is unique to a locality.
    • 1983, UNIX Programmer's Manual: Revised and Expanded Edition[2], 7th edition, volume 2, page vii:
      These documents contain occasional localism, typically references to other operating systems.
  3. (uncountable, linguistics) The belief that language functions are localized to various parts of the brain.
  4. (uncountable, linguistics) An approach to understanding expressions in terms of position and movement (sometimes abstract, e.g. one who is hungry is in a notional "space" of hunger).
    • 2006, Eva-Maria Graf, The Ontogenetic Development of Literal and Metaphorical Space in Language, page 6:
      Other theoretical approaches that stress the primacy of space or spatial meaning in language with respect to other domains or meanings are localism and case grammar. In localism, spatial expressions are considered the most important category in the lexicon and in grammar.

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From local +‎ -ism.


localism n (uncountable)

  1. localism



  • localism in Academia Română, Micul dicționar academic, ediția a II-a, Bucharest: Univers Enciclopedic, 2010. →ISBN