the customs and beliefs of tribal life and society.
strong loyalty to one's own tribe, party, or group: the tribalism of New Yorkers.
- trib·al·ist, noun
- tri·bal·is·tic, adjective
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How to use tribalism in a sentence
Now, that altruistic mentality has reverted to the all-too-familiar mean of tribalism.Still Unsure About Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine? Start Here. | Kaleigh Rogers | August 11, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
But, he says, while tribalism may have helped a few players get started in their careers, it wouldn’t have been enough to get a player into the first eleven.25 Years Ago, Nigeria’s Super Eagles Won Olympic Gold—and Changed the World of African Soccer | Kovie Biakolo | August 2, 2021 | Time
Packer’s account of America’s decline into destructive tribalism is always illuminating and often dazzling, even though it leaves out tens of millions of Americans who belong to none of the four tribes and see them for what they are.
I could see the tribalism that was emerging in our society and it seemed to me, “Oh, I missed this one.”
We must transcend our tribalism to survive and thrive as the United States of America.Eight in Ten Americans are Concerned About Partisanship. Here's How 'The Unum Test' Can Reunite America | Jonathan Haidt | April 13, 2021 | Time
Nadia's parents emigrated to England from Pakistan during the 1970s, and they brought tribalism with them.Want This Woman to Lie About Herself? You Can Just Burq Off! | Moral Courage | March 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They have their various neighborhood, civic, recreational and national identities, none of which are defined by Jewish tribalism.On the Value of Remaining Identified as a Jew, in the Absence of Faith | Mira Sucharov | October 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Their tribalism makes them instinctive defenders of Israeli action.
This newly shaped global brain can topple the traditional barriers of religion, tribalism, nationalism, and political oppression.Deepak Chopra: The Mideast Protests, Social Networks & the Global Brain | Deepak Chopra | September 22, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sometimes feminism seems just a form of tribalism: the woman is always right, especially when she's wrong.
A strange compound of feudalism with tribalism ensued, in the shape of mongrel chieftaincies, henceforth the predominant powers.Irish History and the Irish Question | Goldwin Smith
Treitschke is the prophet of tribalism, Nietzsche of ruthlessness, Bernhardi of ambition.Gems (?) of German Thought | Various
But the Celtic state did not emerge from tribalism in Britain; the Celtic heroes were always tribal heroes.Folklore as an Historical Science | George Laurence Gomme
Christianity was the first expression of world religion, the first complete repudiation of tribalism and war and disputation.The World Set Free | Herbert George Wells
But for his pigheaded tribalism, Rachel would have been alive to-day.Ghetto Tragedies | Israel Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for tribalism
the state of existing as a separate tribe or tribes
the customs and beliefs of a tribal society
loyalty to a tribe or tribal values
- tribalist, noun, adjective
- tribalistic, adjective
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