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a. A local linguistic feature.
b. A local custom or peculiarity.
2. Devotion to local interests and customs.

lo′cal·ist n.
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the policy of devolving power from a central or federal government to local bodies
2. (Linguistics) a pronunciation, phrase, etc, peculiar to a particular locality
3. another word for provincialism
ˈlocalist n
ˌlocalˈistic adj
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(ˈloʊ kəˌlɪz əm)

1. a word, phrase, pronunciation, or manner of speaking that is peculiar to one locality.
2. a local custom.
3. excessive devotion to and promotion of the interests of a particular locality; sectionalism.
lo′cal•ist, n.
lo`cal•is′tic, adj.
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a custom or manner of speaking peculiar to one locality. Also called provincialism. — localist, n. — localistic, adj.
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A word or expression that is only used in a particular place.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.localism - a phrase or pronunciation that is peculiar to a particular locality
non-standard speech - speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
2.localism - a partiality for some particular place
partisanship, partiality - an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
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