[ 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

cen·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 centralists

  • Meantime the centralists worked indefatigably to defeat the settlement with Bohemia.

  • He now left the radical party and, like many another reformer in office, became conservative and joined the Centralists.

    Mexico|Susan Hale

British Dictionary definitions for centralists


/ (ˈsɛntrəˌlɪzəm) /


the principle or act of bringing something under central control; centralization

Derived Forms

centralist, noun, adjectivecentralistic, adjective
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