Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

centralism

[sen-truh-liz-uh m]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a centralizing system; centralization.

Origin of centralism

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; central1 + -ism
Related formscen·tral·ist, noun, adjectivecen·tral·is·tic [sen-truh-lis-tik] /ˌsɛn trəˈlɪs tɪk/, adjectivean·ti·cen·tral·ism, nounan·ti·cen·tral·ist, noun, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for centralism

Historical Examples

  • There is also an expectation of centralism, and thus hierarchy and discipline.

    The Civilization of Illiteracy

    Mihai Nadin

  • They are an expression of accepted hierarchy and centralism to the degree that these could be rendered relative as need required.

  • The civilization of illiteracy requires alternatives to centralism, hierarchy, sequentiality, and determinism in politics.

  • Nevertheless, this subsumation does not follow the patterns of centralism and the hierarchy of literacy.

  • Centralism, to be successful and powerful, required the levelling of the differences of speech and of race.


British Dictionary definitions for centralism

centralism

noun
  1. the principle or act of bringing something under central control; centralization
Derived Formscentralist, noun, adjectivecentralistic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012