Definition by Wordnik
- (noun) Excessive devotion to local interests and customs.
Example by Wordnik
- Northern capitalist repudiated the idea of sectionalism, it does not follow that he set up any other in its place. - Abraham Lincoln and the Union; a chronicle of the embattled North
- President Lincoln spoke of "sectionalism" and the evils associated with it. - OpEdNews - Diary: THE CITY OF BERKELEY VS THE WAR MACHINE
- 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. - Steven Hill: Why Tuesday Won't Be So Super
- 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 - Abraham Lincoln, a History — Volume 02
- Oscar Stuart then writes at length about "sectionalism" in Virginia and the poor state of national politics in general. - Augusta County: Oscar J. C. Stuart to Alexander H. H. Stuart, August 8, 1859