Definitions for regionalismˈri dʒə nlˌɪz əm
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re•gion•al•ismˈri dʒə nlˌɪz əm(n.)
the principle or system of dividing a city, state, etc., into separate administrative regions.
a speech form, expression, custom, or other feature peculiar to or characteristic of a particular area.
devotion to the interests of one's own region.
(sometimes cap.) the theory or practice of emphasizing regional characteristics in a work of literature or a painting.
Origin of regionalism:
a feature (as a pronunciation or expression or custom) that is characteristic of a particular region
a foreign policy that defines the international interests of a country in terms of particular geographic areas
loyalty to the interests of a particular region
Affection, often excessive, to one's own region and to everything related to it.
Political tendency to concede forms of politico-administrative autonomy to regions.
A word or phrase originating in, characteristic of, or limited to a region.