[dih-nom-uh-ney-shuh-nl-iz-uh m]


denominational or sectarian spirit or policy; the tendency to divide into denominations or sects.

Origin of denominationalism

First recorded in 1850–55; denominational + -ism
Related formsde·nom·i·na·tion·al·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for denominationalism

Historical Examples of denominationalism

  • Nor did the idea of denominationalism ever enter the minds of the people.

  • Geographical separation there was, but not denominationalism.

    The Last Reformation

    F. G. [Frederick George] Smith

  • If this were only a lapse in denominationalism, we might call it a mere change in our ways of expressing faith.

    A Tour of the Missions

    Augustus Hopkins Strong

  • But the real religious leader who loves boys will not be balked by the pettiness and inability of denominationalism.

  • So it is admitted that denominationalism is bolstered up with temporary shafting.

British Dictionary definitions for denominationalism



adherence to particular principles, esp to the tenets of a religious denomination; sectarianism
the tendency to divide or cause to divide into sects or denominations
division into denominations
Derived Formsdenominationalist, noun, adjective
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