[ dee-trahy-buh-lahyz ]
/ diˈtraɪ bəˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·trib·al·ized, de·trib·al·iz·ing.

to cause to lose tribal allegiances and customs, chiefly through contact with another culture.
Also especially British, de·trib·al·ise.

Origin of detribalize

First recorded in 1915–20; de- + tribal + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM detribalize

de·trib·al·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for detribalize



/ (diːˈtraɪbəˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to cause members of a tribe to lose their characteristic customs or social, religious, or other organizational features
to cause tribal people to adopt urban ways of life

Derived forms of detribalize

detribalization or detribalisation, noun
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