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[sen-truh-liz-uh m]
  1. a centralizing system; centralization.
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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
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Historical Examples of centralism

  • 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


  1. the principle or act of bringing something under central control; centralization
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Derived Formscentralist, noun, adjectivecentralistic, adjective
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