[sen-truh-liz-uh m]

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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Examples from the Web for centralist

Historical Examples of centralist

  • Now I hear it called a centralist party, a monarchist party.

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

    The I.W.W.

    Paul Frederick Brissenden

  • On the one hand we see conservatives, authoritarian and centralist in trend, the devotees of "Studententum" of the old style.

    The Forerunners

    Romain Rolland

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

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner

  • This was part of the centralist revolution, for which see our volume xix, p. 271, note 96 (Gregg).

British Dictionary definitions for centralist


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