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[dih-nom-uh-ney-shuh-nl-iz-uh m] /dɪˌnɒm əˈneɪ ʃə nlˌɪz əm/
denominational or sectarian spirit or policy; the tendency to divide into denominations or sects.
Origin of denominationalism
First recorded in 1850-55; denominational + -ism
Related forms
denominationalist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Nor did the idea of denominationalism ever enter the minds of the people.

  • Geographical separation there was, but not denominationalism.

    The Last Reformation F. G. [Frederick George] Smith
  • If this were only a lapse in denominationalism, we might call it a mere change in our ways of expressing faith.

    A Tour of the Missions

    Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • But the real religious leader who loves boys will not be balked by the pettiness and inability of denominationalism.

  • So it is admitted that denominationalism is bolstered up with temporary shafting.

    Birth of a Reformation Andrew Byers
British Dictionary definitions for denominationalism


adherence to particular principles, esp to the tenets of a religious denomination; sectarianism
the tendency to divide or cause to divide into sects or denominations
division into denominations
Derived Forms
denominationalist, noun, adjective
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