[ kuh-myoon-l-iz-uh m, kom-yuh-nl- ]
/ kəˈmyun lˌɪz əm, ˈkɒm yə nl- /


a theory or system of government according to which each commune is virtually an independent state and the nation is merely a federation of such states.
the principles or practices of communal ownership.
strong allegiance to one's own ethnic group rather than to society as a whole.

Origin of communalism

First recorded in 1870–75; communal + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM communalism

com·mu·nal·ist, nouncom·mu·nal·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for communalism

/ (ˈkɒmjʊnəˌlɪzəm) /


a system or theory of government in which the state is seen as a loose federation of self-governing communities
an electoral system in which ethnic groups vote separately for their own representatives
loyalty to the interests of one's own ethnic group rather than to society as a whole
the practice or advocacy of communal living or ownership

Derived forms of communalism

communalist, nouncommunalistic, adjective
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