[ trahy-buh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈtraɪ bəˌlɪz əm /


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

Origin of tribalism

First recorded in 1885–90; tribal + -ism

Related forms

trib·al·ist, nountri·bal·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tribalism


/ (ˈtraɪbəˌlɪzəm) /


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 Forms

tribalist, noun, adjectivetribalistic, adjective
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