- the customs and beliefs of tribal life and society.
- strong loyalty to one's own tribe, party, or group.
Origin of tribalism
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Examples from the Web for tribalism
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
October 7, 2013
Their tribalism makes them instinctive defenders of Israeli action.Collapse Of The American Jewish Center?
May 7, 2013
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
September 22, 2012
Sometimes feminism seems just a form of tribalism: the woman is always right, especially when she's wrong.Was Helen Gurley Brown A Feminist?
August 14, 2012
The country is riven by tribalism, regionalism and a host of armed militias who so far have refused to disarm.A Ray of Light in Islamist Gloom
July 17, 2012
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 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
Treitschke is the prophet of tribalism, Nietzsche of ruthlessness, Bernhardi of ambition.Gems (?) of German Thought
A strange compound of feudalism with tribalism ensued, in the shape of mongrel chieftaincies, henceforth the predominant powers.Irish History and the Irish Question
- 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
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Word Origin and History for tribalism
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