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[sen-truh-liz-uh m] /ˈsɛn trəˌlɪz əm/
a centralizing system; centralization.
Origin of centralism
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35; central1 + -ism
Related forms
centralist, noun, adjective
[sen-truh-lis-tik] /ˌsɛn trəˈlɪs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
anticentralism, noun
anticentralist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • He seized an opportunity to desert the federal republican party, and joined the centralist faction.

  • The policy of the convention was centralist on strike and decentralist on free-speech fights.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • This was part of the centralist revolution, for which see our volume xix, p. 271, note 96 (Gregg).

  • On the whole, the centralist troops never fared poorly in subsistence.

    The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner
  • The centralist system, which Mazarin was perfecting in France, was thus established in Canada.

    The Colonization of North America Herbert Eugene Bolton
  • On the one hand we see conservatives, authoritarian and centralist in trend, the devotees of "Studententum" of the old style.

    The Forerunners Romain Rolland
  • Another million tons had been shipped into the territories occupied by the centralist troops.

    The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner
  • Now I hear it called a centralist party, a monarchist party.

    Children of the Market Place Edgar Lee Masters
  • The constitution of 1848 was the work of a combination of centralist elements which acquired the general designation of Radicals.

    The Governments of Europe Frederic Austin Ogg
British Dictionary definitions for centralist


the principle or act of bringing something under central control; centralization
Derived Forms
centralist, noun, adjective
centralistic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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