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1The theory or practice of regional rather than central systems of administration or economic, cultural, or political affiliation.‘a strong expression of regionalism’
- ‘This cultural regionalism had its own compensations.’
- ‘For them, regionalism was the best solution to cope with political and religious differences.’
- ‘In contrast to many other Latin American nations, Chile has not experienced the emergence of strong regionalism or conflicting regional cultural identities.’
- ‘A high level of religious practice often underlined regionalism and even nationalism.’
- ‘Somewhat paradoxically, and partly in parallel with military-political regional substructures, economic regionalism can also be read as a structural effect of the global market.’
- ‘Yet, despite regionalism's dubious political ramifications, it brought a measure of confidence to writers who needed to be convinced that their province was worthy of creative representation.’
- ‘In exploring this point she charts how political identity, ethnicity, and regionalism were related to the local economy and the actions of a weak national state.’
- ‘What can be said at this stage is that regionalism should not be dismissed as a party political gimmick.’
- ‘Both traditionalist and progressive arguments were mobilized in those parts of France where regionalism was strong.’
- ‘Previously campaigners have put forward worthy-but-dull arguments about decentralising democracy and developing regionalism along the European model.’
- ‘To separate nationalism from regionalism or particularism is difficult and often depends upon the eye of the observer.’
- ‘But the question is how to build a strong and balancing opposition in the face of growing regionalism and absence of any political ideology, which has been replaced by caste and creed considerations.’
- ‘In contrast with England, which remains the most centralised country in Europe and beyond, regionalism is a strong movement in parts of Europe.’
- ‘From the challenges of globalization and multiculturalism through the rights agenda and regionalism, Canada's political institutions must be adapted so as to be able to deal with these new circumstances.’
- ‘In a land of long distances, and of disguised but strong regionalism, the difficulty of operating as a national institution is not fully appreciated, and so the difficulty is not fully met.’
- ‘In the sixteenth century, regionalism remained a powerful cultural force, despite the growing influence of London in most spheres of public life.’
- ‘These new threats include resource scarcity - namely water - and growing economic regionalism.’
- ‘In the dimension of politics, regionalism is far from being entirely bad.’
- ‘Despite their different approaches in regional studies and regionalism, Morrissey and Hirt both agree that a region's boundaries change over time.’
- ‘The country is facing all the great issues of economic change, regionalism, and cultural and geographic diversity, while Americanization proceeds apace.’
2A linguistic feature peculiar to a particular region and not part of the standard language of a country.
wording, diction, phrasing, phraseology, style, vocabulary, terminology, expressions, turns of phrase, parlance, manner of speaking, manner of writing, way of talking, form of expression, mode of expression, usages, locutions, idiolect, choice of words, rhetoric, oratoryView synonyms
- ‘After recounting the history of some of the Victorian and in particular Queenscliff regionalisms he is researching for the Australian National Dictionary, Bruce Moore explains how dictionary-makers keep abreast of usage.’
- ‘Nor is it only the accents that the companies want to eliminate from the office - they also want us to drop our regionalisms like ‘howdy,’ replacing it with the uniform ‘hello.’’
- ‘In Britain, however, the most local dialects were associated with the groups at the lower end of the social hierarchy, while those at the top spoke RP, which showed no trace of regionalisms.’
- ‘But we do have charming regionalisms, which have been studied in the fascinating Dialect Survey.’
- ‘If you want to make a list of presidential regionalisms, fine - but don't call them mispronunciations.’
- ‘In the west, written evidence for this linguistic regionalism appears perhaps around 600, a little later than it does in the east.’
- ‘We have no comprehensive dictionary, no etymological dictionary, no dictionaries of regionalisms, no modern thesaurus.’
- ‘The publication of French dictionaries and lexicons by Enlightenment scholars further eroded regionalisms.’
- ‘Mostly he gets lampooned for regionalisms that are not really properly called errors at all, as Mark noted.’
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