to divide (a country, territory, etc.) into small, quarrelsome, ineffectual states.
(often lowercase) to divide (groups, areas, etc.) into contending and usually ineffectual factions: a movement to balkanize minority voters.
- Also especially British, Bal·kan·ise .
- Bal·kan·i·za·tion, noun
- Bal·kan·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Balkanize
(tr) to divide (a territory) into small warring states
to divide (a group or organization) into small factions
- Balkanization or Balkanisation, noun
- Balkanized or Balkanised, adjective
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