tribalism

[trahy-buh-liz-uh m]
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noun

the customs and beliefs of tribal life and society.
strong loyalty to one's own tribe, party, or group.

Nearby words

  1. trib.,
  2. tribade,
  3. tribadic,
  4. tribadism,
  5. tribal,
  6. tribally,
  7. tribasic,
  8. tribasic sodium phosphate,
  9. tribe,
  10. tribeca

Origin of tribalism

First recorded in 1885–90; tribal + -ism

Related formstrib·al·ist, nountri·bal·is·tic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tribalism

tribalism

noun

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
Derived Formstribalist, noun, adjectivetribalistic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for tribalism

tribalism

n.

1886, "condition of being a tribe," from tribal + -ism. Meaning "group loyalty" attested by 1955.

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